“I never sat in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand was on me and you had filled me with indignation.” (Jeremiah 15:17)
Jeremiah separated himself in order to obey God. Obedience to God an bring loneliness to God’s servants. Jeremiah was alone for and before the people. He was alone for and before God. Salvation is not protection from isolation and loneliness, but in our walk with God through Christ Jesus, it is a requirement at times. The true prophet takes in God’s revelation so that it becomes part of their very being.
God’s word becomes their deepest feeling and their driving direction. God’s word brought both joy and bitterness to Jeremiah. He argues with God in his confessions. Thus we see that revelation occurred in dialog between God and His chosen messenger. Revelation spoke to the personal needs of the prophet as well as to the purpose of God for the nation. Revelation protected the prophet from disaster but not from isolation, imprisonment, anger, doubt, mockery, mental anguish, as it does for each one of us, as well.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You used revelation as a way to speak to Your prophets, but also to your people as well. We don’t always listen as we should, but we know that through prayer, we can and ought to come before you for all things in our lives, and to receive forgiveness from our sins, but also to receive wisdom and guidance from You as well. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“A wise child hears his Father’s instruction.”
“Jonah obeyed the word of he Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city—-a visit required three days. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed; ‘Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.’ The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.” (Jonah 3:3-5)
After Jonah stopped running away from what God told him to do, He was amazed at the faith of the Ninevites. He proclaimed to Nineveh’s sinful state and that God had told them to repent of the way they were living, and they immediately believed that God had sent Jonah to them for their lifestyle, and all immediately declared a fast, from the greatest to the least, and put on sackcloth symbolizing their repentance. Nineveh, for its obedient and faith in God, was saved. What about you? Has God seen your repentance and your faith, not just in words, but also lifestyle?
“Are these not the words the Lord proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem and is surrounding towns were at rest and prosperous, and the Negev and the western foothills were settled? And the word of he Lord came again to Zechariah: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.’” (Zechariah 7:9-10)
What is the definition of Biblical justice? Zechariah provides an excellent response. It is mercy, compassion,, and bring of balance into things gone wrong for widows, orphans, foreigners, or the poor. These Old Testament categories translate into our own time as those who are the vulnerable people of society, those who have no one to speak or represent them. Justice begins as an attitude of love in the heart.
Obedience to God requires justice, mercy, and compassion toward others. The way we treat others reveals how obedient we are to God.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered. May it be to me as you have said. Then the angel left her; to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear.” (Luke 1:38. 74)
God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary of Nazareth, with a message of her being the mother of God’s Son. It was a message that left her asking questions, yet ultimately, she answered, “I am the Lord’s servant.” “May it be to me as you have said.” This is as strong a statement of belief and obedience, as it can get. Mary’s obeyed the Lord and became the mother of the world’s Savior.
The second half of verses in Luke come from Zechariah’s Song, as Zechariah’s son was John the Baptist. John was to prepare the people for the Messiah’s coming. As Savior, Jesus’ work is consistent with he hope of believers before the coming of the Messiah. Jesus fulfilled what God had been doing through the centuries, creating a people for Himself. God’s promises to the patriarchs were fulfilled in Christ. God’s expectations of service, worship, holiness, and righteousness continue for all New Testament Christians. Therefore, we are to serve Jesus without fear, for He is the rescue from our enemies and we can serve Him in faith and obedience.