June 12, 2020
It is important to know and believe that God is perfect in every way. Therefore, He is perfect in His judgments and their intent. But, He is equally perfect in His mercy.
Then nation of Israel had sinned grievously against the Lord. In response, God had sent Jeremiah, who is known to us as the "Weeping Prophet" because of his brokenhearted burden for his nation, to warn them that judgment was coming. They would not listen and continued in their rebellion and sin.
“From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, these twenty-three years the word of the Lord has come to me, and I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened. And the Lord has sent to you all His servants the prophets again and again, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear. (Jeremiah 25:3-4)
True to His word, God sent the King of Babylon to Israel. Nebuchadnezzar defeated Israel and took them into captivity. They were there for 70 years, just as Jeremiah had prophesied.
God told them what to do while they were in captivity.
“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7)
But then we see what God’s heart was toward His people and His ultimate design in their judgment.
Never doubt it. God judges, and rightfully so. He is always perfect in His judgments. He could bring more judgment and be completely justified in His actions. But His intent is not to bring harm, but to awaken people to their sin and need of Him and bring them back to Himself where they belong. He knows that if they continue on in their sinful way, it will lead to irreparable harm.
But He is also perfect in His mercy and compassion. As they repent, He will shower them with abundant provision and grace. It’s the nature of a perfect God.
Father, thank You for your judgments that You bring on my life and the lives of those around me. I know they are intended for my good. Help me see this and turn quickly to Your reproof. And Father, I am overwhelmed at Your mercies, again and again and again. Thank You that you have plans for “welfare and not for calamity” for me. Help me to fully, aggressively cooperate with Your plans.
October 13, 2021
October 12, 2021
It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.
But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.
October 07, 2021
My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.
To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.