Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 28 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 21-22
Food for Thought: Jer. 21:1, 2
Now they want God’s help?! For years God had been sending messengers and pleading with the people to leave their sinful life-style and return to living for the Lord and depending on Him. But instead of heeding the words of the prophets, they persecuted them and delved all the more into their pagan ways, completely turning their backs on the One true God and refusing to submit to Him. But now that they see danger on the horizon, they look for a man of God to intercede for them and beg His help.
Isn’t that the way many people are? When they are in trouble, they call on the Lord (and they should!). Some even make promises to Him that if He would get them out of their mess, then they will do X, Y, or Z. But the moment things look fine again, they slip back into their old ways and forget the deal they made with Him. That is a religion of convenience, not of sincere faith and relationship, and it attempts to keep God at a distance and place Him in a position of servitude Who is to come to us only when we “require” His presence.
This doesn’t surprise God or catch Him off guard. In fact, the Lord Jesus made reference to the fickleness of the multitude who He said they only followed Him because He feeds them (John 6:22-27). He knew they were only looking out for self-interests and not acknowledging Him as Lord. The nine of the ten lepers that Jesus healed did that, as well (Luke 17:12-19). They got their healing and went on their way, not even taking the time to worship Him or give Him thanks.
Thankfully, even though people may try to manipulate God for their own convenience, His mercy and grace is still extended to us, now that Jesus has paid the price for all mankind. Because He truly loves them, He continues to help even the ungrateful and provides even for those who have placed themselves against Him. “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Mat. 5:45).” Eventually, some of them realize that He is the Almighty God Who is worthy to be praised and adored, and that “those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again (II Cor. 5:15).”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
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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