Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 25 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 15-16
Food for Thought: Jer. 16:1
Israel was in sin and complete rebellion against God, opting for the lifestyle of the pagans, instead. There was no candidate for a wife for Jeremiah there, and besides, tragic, harsh judgment was about to bombard Israel on every side, and the Lord did not want Jeremiah to be in any way involved in that. Israel was no place to pick a wife. And, like Israel in those days, this world is no place to pick a spouse. The lifestyle is Godless, and judgment is about to be poured out on it.
So what to do? Certainly, lowering your standards and looking for a spouse from what the world has to offer is not an option. It is much better to either remain single or look elsewhere: the Kingdom of God. Jesus told us that His Kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36) and, therefore, is not subject to the things the inhabitants of this world will experience. The sons and daughters of God are in this world, but not of it (John 17:16). They belong to the Kingdom of God which is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17), traits completely nonexistent in the world’s system.
Though the world may offer potential mates that present very attractive attributes and appear dynamic, good-looking, interesting, charming, etc, they do not qualify, for their god is the god of this world who is soon to be the object of severe judgment (Rev. 12:7-12; 20:9-11). They cannot follow the voice of the Holy Spirit, because He does not dwell in them and they cannot hear Him, even if they wanted to. So joining up as one with them just would be disastrous. That is why the apostle Paul admonishes the believers in II Corinthians 6:14, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” When God says not to choose a spouse from among the lost, He is not trying to deprive you of happiness; on the contrary, He really cares for you and wants you to avoid the hardships ahead.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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