Verse of the Day: V5 “I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.”
Man thinks he is his own destiny, his own future and leads his own life. However, man fails to realize that there is a Creator who creates the heaven, the universe, the planets, the earth and every living creature in the air, on the ground and in the ocean.
1. God is Creator
V5 “I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, ...”
Prophet Jeremiah warned the people of Judah that God who made the earth, the man and the beast was the same God who set up and destroyed kingdoms, and there was nothing that they could do except to submit to God’s perfect plan and purpose.
V6 “And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.”
2. God is Power
V5 “I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.”
However, the people of Judah refused to heed Jeremiah’s warnings and God severely punished them through wars, famine and diseases, and millions died because of their rebellion and disobedience.
V8 “And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.”
3. God is I AM
God is I AM WHO I AM. Whatever, whenever and whoever God determines, it shall be fulfilled and done! No man can stop God’s perfect plan and purpose and even when all things seem doom and gloom, God allows all things for His greater plan and purpose!
Exodus 3:14 “And God said unto Moses. I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to submit to You as You are God.
Verse of the Day: V14 “As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you.”
Faithfulness is a rare commodity. Look around us and we can see that people are no longer faithful in many aspects of our lives, especially faithfulness in our marriage vows and faithfulness in God and His church. In spite of man’s unfaithfulness, God is always faithful and has blessed us with faithful men and women in the Bible for our examples and encouragement and one of them was faithful Prophet Jeremiah.
1. Faithful in Speech
V2 “Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD’s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD’s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:”
Jeremiah was faithful in his speech as he spoke to the people of what the Lord commanded him. He never diminishes any word but preach all the words pleading with the people to repent of their sins otherwise God’s judgment shall be upon them.
V3 “If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.”
2. Faithful in Submission
V13 “Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that He hath pronounced against you.”
Jeremiah was not only faithful in his speech but also faithful in submission to God. He never once questioned God even when he went through much rejection, persecution, sorrow and suffering while preaching God’s message of repentance and judgment.
3. Faithful in Sacrifice
V14 “As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you.”
Jeremiah told the princes and the people that his life was in their hands and he was prepared to sacrifice his life for the sake of God’s plan and purpose.
Revelation 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to be faithful to You in life and in death.
Verse of the Day: V6 “And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt."
1. Rely not on other gods
V6 “And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, ...”
Other gods are people or things that take the place of the true and living God. God creates us and He knows all about us. Only God can fulfill the purpose of our existence and gives us complete joy and satisfaction in our lives. Yet man serves and worships other gods such as their families, careers, sports, hobbies, etc., instead of God. There is nothing wrong with loving our families, careers, sports, hobbies, etc., but if these things take the first place of our lives instead of God, then we have provoked God and incurred His anger. These other gods can never take the place of the true and living God as they shall fail us. Only God and God alone shall never fail us.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
2. Rely not on self
V6 “And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; ...”
Not only shall other gods fail us even we shall fail ourselves. People reject God thinking that they are gods themselves and rely on the works of their own hands. They think that their success is due to their own capabilities, knowledge and competence and they fail to realize that it is God, their Creator, who gives them everything including the breath of life!
Romans 1:25 “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”
3. Rely only on God
V6 “And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.”
People may continue to mock at Christians for serving and worshipping God but soon they shall realize that they have been deceived by the devil, and they together with the devil shall be cast into the lake of fire and be tormented forever for rejecting God.
Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to serve and worship You and You alone.