Jeremiah was a…..
Jeremiah1:16 I will utter My judgments against them concerning all their wickedness, because they have forsaken Me.
Jeremiah 18:7,8 “The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. (Highlights are mine)
Jeremiah 26:3 ‘Perhaps everyone will listen and turn from his evil way, that I may relent concerning the calamity which I purpose to bring on them because of the evil of their doings.’
Jeremiah had some tough times living as one of God’s prophets. He was urged repeatedly to deliver God’s messages, most went unheard, rather were ignored and scoffed. Other “prophets” or self-proclaimed men who said God had called them, refuted and told the people that good times were coming. Yet, But these messages were wrong, and were not sent by God. People choose to hear and believe good news, and avoid news that is unpleasant and against their base desires.
Time and again, Jeremiah went out and repeated what God told him to say. He dealt with many hardships, rebuke, mocking, and still he followed God’s word. And yet, as now, who do many people believe? Many believe they have time to change their ways….later. Many scoff at the idea of God’s judgment and deny there is a heaven or hell. Still others point out their dismay and anger that a loving God would send judgment down on entire nations and peoples and cause so much dissension. So they set their minds to argue while not taking the time to do any research on their own. My question is ‘but what if I am right and you are wrong? Wrong on a whim, a fit of pique so you refuse to seek?’ God’s word promises, often, if you diligently seek Him, you will find.
Jeremiah was imprisoned and shoved down into a well and left to rot and still he followed God’s commands to bring God’s message to the people. God’s repeated message was “You people have forgotten Me, you no longer follow Me, seek Me; and I will cause you to be captured and imprisoned in another country. Repent and turn to Me, or it will be so.” And finally, He had them imprisoned and enslaved in Babylon.
I truly believe God has been calling us, not just the USA, but the world to return to Him. Europe has also evolved after World War II financially and expansively. Yet many in Europe are living without holding onto any beliefs in God. There are some who are worshiping idols like money, clothing, big homes and so forth. Our base nature is for fulfillment of selfish desires, things, idols — money, alcohol, drugs, and so forth. We poison our minds and continue to turn from God.
I lived in Germany in 1989 when “the wall” came down. I had heard about the wall since I was a child. I remember my parents being saddened that it was still ever present and difficult for travel from east to west throughout the ‘60’s to 80’s. My parents’ early marriage was spent in Germany, and they had a landlord and lady they adored. The woman was crushed they had to leave before my birth a couple months later; but that woman had a mother and a sister on the west that she could not see, and shared her sadness and loss with my mother often.
I well remember during the 1960’s when suddenly we were not saying the Lord’s prayer in class each morning. Then some ‘people’ attacked The Ten Commandments from being posted in the schools. We said prayers every evening before bed as a family, we said grace at each evening meal, and we went to church every Sunday. I remember feeling a little scared we were omitting prayers from school and public. Somehow, before I had a relationship with God, I knew that prayer and honoring Him was important and we were making a mistake by thrusting it aside.
And although I know God’s got a plan, I’ve read His book, I believe fervently that He has been calling us to repent repeatedly over the past several years. And many are outright ignoring His call.
My God is in charge of my life, and He leads and guides me and smiles on me every time I thank Him for the hummingbirds, seeing dolphins, enjoying my flowers, being thankful for the blue skies of Carolina, and all the other abundant, ABUNDANT blessings I have each day. I have good health, fair eyesight, hearing, and can take care of myself and others, have good family and friends and have the RIGHT to pray. If I am ever ordered like Daniel to pray only to a king, it will be to the Holy King, not some passing human who has a place of power for a moment. (Daniel 3:4-17). Those men knew God has the power!
Yet, many persons in our country have opted to be ‘politically correct’ have agreed to push God out from our institutions, schools, hospitals and so forth. Europe, too, has become wealthy and independent, and many have pushed God aside there also. In His word is clear in “But whoever denies Me before men, him I will deny before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33) How we must grieve Him, even though He knows our choices and decisions before we act on them. My mind is simple and that only of a human, but I can NOT see how He has been tolerant and loving and full of mercy toward “hard-hearted, and stiff necked peoples.” (For my sake, I am very thankful He is so forgiving and loving, but I would have thrown it all to destruction!)
Repent! Return! Let God love and guide you; comfort you; give you rest; lead you to Living Waters. He’s waiting for you. Listen to the message of Jeremiah and the other prophets and those who know God our savior now. It’s a choice. Make the correct one.
I am so thankful that I know Him and me and mybellaviews are sticking with Him.