TOPIC: When God Marvels!
“Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return” (Jeremiah 8:5).
When a person deliberately ignores all that God has provided to help guide and keep him from being eternally lost but chooses to do otherwise, one wonders. Why will one continue to pursue a lifestyle when he knows the ruin of people who lived the same lifestyle? In the text, God obviously expressed wonder at the people of Jerusalem. In spite of their knowledge of the love and mercies, teachings and warnings, punishments and ruin He had brought upon the sinful and rebellious people, they continued in the act of deliberate rebellion and rejection of His Word. It baffled God that lesser creatures like the stork, turtle, crane and swallow observe their times, but His people are not able to read the signs. They deliberately turned their backs on God and chose to live an unashamed life of uncontrolled sinfulness. Since they chose to deliberately ignore God, spurn His love and reject His entreaties, He had to visit them with judgment. Many people still walk deliberately away from God. They go to church, hear God’s word but continue in their sinfulness. True, God is gracious and full of mercy. But He is also a Just and holy God who will judge and will not acquit the wicked if he takes His love and grace for granted and continue with a life of deliberate rebellion and rejection of His word. God’s judgment will not spare anyone. He wants us to tremble and willingly surrender to Him when we hear His word. If we do otherwise, we run the grave risk of courting His fiery indignation.
Thought for the day: Let your life please God and not baffle Him!
Bible Reading in one Year: ISAIAH 59-63
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