Scripture: Jeremiah 25:
30 "Now prophesy all these words against them and say to them:
" ‘The LORD will roar from on high;
he will thunder from his holy dwelling
and roar mightily against his land.
He will shout like those who tread the grapes,
shout against all who live on the earth.
31 The tumult will resound to the ends of the earth,
for the LORD will bring charges against the nations;
he will bring judgment on all humankind
and put the wicked to the sword,’ "
declares the LORD.
32 This is what the LORD Almighty says:
"Look! Disaster is spreading
from nation to nation;
a mighty storm is rising
from the ends of the earth."
Observation: Prophecies of the Bible should cause us to take a look at where we stand with God.
Application: Last night for our evening service we talked about Biblical Prophecy. This morning it is still on my mind as I read the scripture for the day. A member of the congregation had suggested the possibility of starting a study on prophecy at a meeting we had yesterday afternoon and because I respect her very much I asked if she would talk to us about it. She did a fine job of presenting some of the modern interpretations of the ancient prophecies, using current world events to link to the scriptures.
The scripture I selected this morning is a prophecy about coming destruction, but there were also prophecies of victory and mercy and grace. We usually tend to focus on the negative prophecies more than the positive, although I have to admit there is much more of the negative material to work with.
I think that there are some important things for us to consider when we think about Biblical prophecy. The first is that the prophets were usually talking about things that were currently happening around them. That is not to say that the meaning of their prophecies can not be extended to our time, but simply that the original intent is to address things that were on the current world scene.
Secondly we should notice that when the people obeyed God and put their faith in Him, the prophecies were of victory and strength and comfort; However when they fell away from God and didn’t obey, the prophecies were harsh and about destruction and captivity. The selected scripture today originally was given to a people who had turned their backs on God and the message is, “You’ve gone too far, and now you will have to suffer because of your faithlessness.” It’s a good message for us to look at in our modern world today.
I believe there is still a ray of hope though and that we are not completely set into a path of destruction. Whenever God’s people turned around and came back to Him, obeyed Him, and put their trust in Him, He always responded with grace mercy and love. We indeed stand at a crossroad of decisions as a people, as a nation, and as individuals. Will we take the path that leads to destruction and allow this prophecy to be our epitaph, or will will turn back to seeking God with our whole hearts and find the more narrow path that leads to life? It’s a choice we each make every day. We may not be able to turn the country or the world around alone, but each of us individually can make a difference by living our lives in submission and service to God.
Prayer: Jehovah God,
Thank you for your patience and mercy for me. Forgive me when I fail to obey and trust you with all that I am and grant me the ability to turn my life over to you and lean on you for my strength and hope every day.