“God and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem. ‘I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through a land not sown.” (Jeremiah 2:2)
Do you remember when you first came to belief in God? Do you remember that you would obey His Word without question? Are you still that way today? God remembers everyone of us when we acknowledge His call upon your life and how you eagerly responded to His will in your life and were filled with joy in your relationship with Almighty God. He was reminding Jeremiah of the faith of his youth, for He was about to anoint him to be a prophet for God and to the people. If God called upon you this day, would you respond with in the same manner as when you first came to belief in God? God’s relationship with us is a covenant, which means He is serious about nurturing His relationship with us and we must respond to Him. Are you so willing?
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we recognize the gift of proclaiming without fear. This simply means we must be more intentional about what we proclaim, and trust in Him to both protect and sustain us in any situation. Today we also pray those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Choices have consequences, always.”
“Jeremiah then returned from Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, and stood in the court of the Lord’s temple and said to all the people, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel says: ‘Listen! I am going to bring on this city and the villages around it every disaster I pronounced against them, because they were stiff-necked and would not listen to my words.’” (Jeremiah 19:14-15)
Proclamation has been accomplished primarily through individual human beings, though at times God used angels to announce His word. In the Old Testament prophets were the major proclaimers of God’s word. Prophets carried God’s messages from the divine council to kings, congregations, and individuals. The prophets did not control the content of the proclamation. They spoke the word God gave them in a way the audience would hear and remember. At times they surprised people with words of doom and rebuke. Other times they spoke words of comfort and salvation. At all times they fearlessly announced the given message, as it had been given to them.
“‘As for the prophets who lead my people astray, if one feeds them, they proclaim ‘peace’; if he does not, they prepare to wage war against him. Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them.” (Micah 3:5-6)
In this time, prophets were around regularly, some from kings or priests and some from Almighty God Himself. Those not from God had messages that favored what the kings or priests wanted people know as if applied to their own agendas. God’s prophets moved when God gave them a message, that was delivered in such a way that the people knew if was from God. The prophets job was to deliver that message and then the people either obeyed the message, or took the risk of not doing so and then having to deal with the consequences for their lack of action.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:26-28)
Proclamation is backed by God. The human proclaimer should have no fear in proclaiming His word publicly. God gives His messengers freedom to disclose God’s good news of the kingdom to all persons everywhere. If we are proclaiming God’s Word then we have no worry, concern, or even fear at what we say. However, it is those who make proclamations that may sound right but are not God’s Word, that will find themselves being held accountable for steering God’s people in the wrong direction.