yesterday’s writings talked about the Kingdom of Judah and how it would end. This is a devastating thing for Jerusalem and for the people of the Jews because it meant they were receiving the opposite end of God’s judgment. One would think after reading Jeremiah that the Lord hated these people and wanted nothing more to do with them which cannot be further from the truth. The thing is, even in the family unit. There must be judgment there must be an end result for improper actions. I look to you as a father. One of the hardest things you’ll ever do is to cast your child out. We read about the love of God, and we must understand that love, pure love anyways, comes with consequences. The false prophets talked about this loving God who would swoop in to save them, which never happened. In fact, quite the reverse happened. In the same way that God wept over Jesus’ crucifixion, he also weeps over our sins. As parents we want our children to have the very best. But what happens when they walk counter to our laws? As I told my sons, “if you will not listen to my discipline, maybe you’re not my son”. These words are incredibly hard to speak, oh we can say those words in anger alright, but when we review them it hurts deep like a dagger wound. It wasn’t the Lord’s plan to exile his people and then say to the forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob “Sorry pals, but I had to do what I had to do”. God loved his people and he still loves them as much as He loves you and I. I encourage you today to get a good grasp of how much the Lord loves you and make every step possible to honor his laws and honor his desires for your life. I will say, though, coming back from moral failure is not easy but Jesus made a way for us.
Verses: Jeremiah 21, Lamentations 1, Psalms 136, Isaiah 9:9-12, John 9:39
Famous Quote: “That is what life is about. We do not get redos, but we do get second chances.” — Jeffrey Fry
We do not get to do things over again hoping for a different outcome because what is done, is done and all we can do is start over from where we left off. Only when we realize how much our actions and words have hurt people do we break down in tears. Beginning again means that we need to repent of our actions and hastily spoken words. We must understand with crystal clarity that the days before the sin are over as well as the sin but it doesn’t mean nor does it imply that all is good and we begin again. The people we have hurt may never forgive us just as the family unit may never come together ever again and this is a bitter pill to swallow. Please help me today to put a clamp over my mouth and a guard over my heart so that I may not sin against you nor against those who are dear to me (Psalms 141:1-4. I pray for my family Lord that peace continues to reign in our homes and that I’ll never be responsible for breaking that peace. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand whom they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land with rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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