July 29 – Today’s Readings – Jeremiah 4-6 and Psalms 29
God’s emotions of anguish, horror, and anger are brought out so well in these Chapters:
“Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, circumcise your hearts, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done — burn with no one to quench it.” (Jeremiah 4:4)
“O Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts?” (Jeremiah 4:14)
Can you feel the pain and anger of the Lord as He ponders the state of the nation of Israel, the Church of the Old Testament?Does God pay attention to the spiritual state of His Church – or of our individual lives? Here’s what God says – “Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry – my people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good.” (Jeremiah 4:19&22)
Not only is God painfully aware of how we live and of the motives of our heart but He has tremendous emotion regarding the issue – “Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! – declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 7:11) The Lord exhibits great sadness when unfaithfulness reigns but equal gladness when He witnesses faithfulness and right living.
The other thing to remember in all this is that God watches – not just the Church but the nations as well. Righteousness exalts a nation but sin destroys it from within. God will honor an entire group of people or a nation if they take a stand for things that are right and good. He will bless a nation that watches out for the poor and the oppressed. He will increase a nation that is willing to make a stand against crime, wickedness and corruption. As is so clearly indicated cover to cover in the Bible, the opposite is true as well. God will allow destruction to come to a nation that is corrupt and wicked.
Should we be praying for our nation and our governing leaders? Prayer truly is our most powerful weapon in defense of our nation and in promotion of God’s work.
1. Give another Bible example of God being extremely emotional.
2. Give an example from your own life where you took a stand for something good and God honored you.