Loving Disruption

Loving Disruption Moab has been at ease from his youth; he has settled on his dregs, and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, nor has he gone into captivity. Therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent has not changed. —Jeremiah 48: 11 Moab— situated as they were in wine country— would have understood this analogy very well. When making wine, they put the juice of the grapes into large jugs. As the juice fermented, the dregs, or lees, would settle at the bottom. They then poured the wine from jug to jug, always leaving as much…

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What God Thinks of You

What God Thinks of You For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. —Jeremiah 29: 11 Sometimes, when we have failed in our Christian walk by disobeying God or yielding to fleshly impulses, we become disgusted with ourselves. We often then take those same feelings and project them onto God. “He must be angry and disgusted, too. In fact,” we reason, “He probably doesn’t even love me anymore.” **You may be going through some unpleasant experiences, but that doesn’t mean…

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The Skillful Potter

The Skillful Potter I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel.… Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” —Jeremiah 18: 3-6 Clay is one of the most common materials on earth. In its raw form, it has very little value. Its potential lies in the hands of the potter. If skillful, he…

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The Old Path

The Old Path Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”—Jeremiah 6: 16 Israel was a mess. Their prophets spoke lies, telling the people, “Peace, peace,” when in actuality, war and destruction were coming. Israel refused to recognize God any longer. Instead, they worshiped gods of materialism, pleasures, and education. Covetousness reigned. Even the priests were corrupt. The foundations of their society had eroded away. Seeing…

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No Pretense

No Pretense “And yet for all of this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the Lord. —Jeremiah 3:10 Judah witnessed the destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel as they turned away from God into idolatry. Though King Josiah initiated spiritual reform, it wasn’t a complete reformation. Though they had become outwardly religious, inwardly their hearts were unaffected. Today, many people might go to church, but only on special occasions or when it is convenient for them. Others attend church faithfully— out of habit. But even as they sit…

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God Has Ordained You

God Has Ordained You Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” —Jeremiah 1: 4-5 Jeremiah’s life and ministry began in the mind of God before Jeremiah was ever born. The same is true of each of us. Before we were conceived, God knew us and prepared a perfect plan for each of us— a purpose we are to fulfill for His glory. As we age, we can look back and see how…

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Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” says the Lord, “and I will heal him.” But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. —Isaiah 57: 19-20 Can you imagine God pacing the floor, worried and stressed over some situation? It doesn’t happen. He inspired the prophet Isaiah to write, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26: 3). **He is…

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When God Says “No”

When God Says “No” “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” —Isaiah 55: 8-9 Is it loving to give your children everything they want? “Daddy, I want a whole box of lollipops. If you really love me, you would give it to me.” But because you do love them and you don’t want them to rot their little teeth out, you limit the lollipops. Children don’t understand rotten…

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Peace Like a River

Peace Like a River Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea. —Isaiah 48: 18 Israel had stopped heeding God. They had turned their backs on His commandments and wouldn’t listen to His voice; yet they still claimed to be His people, and they still swore by His name. God knew they had chosen a path that was going to bring them pain. He warned them and pleaded with them through His prophets. However, they continued to ignore Him and disregard His commandments….

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