God judges justly and graciously.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Jeremiah 46:28 - Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, for I am with you," says the LORD. "I will completely destroy the nations to which I have exiled you, but I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you, but with justice; I cannot let you go unpunished."
Read - Jeremiah 46:1-28, Jeremiah 19:1-15
Smashed like a clay pot. Nobody wants that but that is the fate of the disobedient. Have you suffered consequences for sin that caused you to become bitter toward God? Most have. However, let us always make sure we point the finger appropriately. Just as we have read in the O.T., God had given more warnings that a new mom with a spoiled child…not because he wasn’t a good parent but because His grace is beyond all our human minds can comprehend. Even here as Judah faces brokenness, they are promised that God is ‘with them’ and won’t ‘completely destroy them’ but rather ‘discipline them’. Many have said that the God of the O.T. is too mean to follow. I read of a much more gracious God here than is often spoken of…
Lord, when You discipline me I will receive it as from a loving Father.
Remember Josiah getting in the way and losing his life without purpose. The results did not change. Be careful not to enter a fight you aren’t called to enter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Carchemish
Morphed by the Spirit. It begins with a work in our head. God transforms how we think and how we view and receive information. This new mindset gives us the ability to discern the voice of God so that His plans are clearer to us and we can then act upon them. Reading of the many messages that He gave the nation about impending doom reminds me to be thankful for the Morphing work of the Holy Spirit that gives me the Mind of Christ so that I can hear and heed Him happily. Today, give thanks to our Great God who thought it best to Mend us while we were still sinners and then Morph us so that we don’t have to repeat the stubborn actions of our O.T. predecessors of faith.