Jeremiah 25:8-11

During the Lenten season, members of Faith Lutheran Church have written our daily devotions.  Today’s writers are Jon and Nancy Holmes.

 

8Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: Because you have not obeyed my words, 9I am going to send for all the tribes of the north, says the Lord, even for King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon, my servant, and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants, and against all these nations around; I will utterly destroy them, and make them an object of horror and of hissing, and an everlasting disgrace. 10And I will banish from them the sound of mirth and the sound of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. 11This whole land shall become a ruin and a waste, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Jeremiah 25:8-11

 

Wow!  This Prophecy of Jeremiah is harsh to say the least!

 

It is not always easy to do what God wants us to do.  We want what we want and obedience is difficult.  Sometimes God grabs our attention in ways we do not like.  As parents our authority is tested by our children.  Limits and punishments are set so we can help them learn to “do the right thing”.  We wonder if God feels as frustrated with his children, as parents sometimes feel with their own children.

 

We are so thankful that God forgives us and will give us as many chances as we need.                        As human parents it is not that easy.  Our patience is pushed to its limits.  We feel like they will never “get it”.  But we know love is what helps all of us deal with the harshness of punishing our kids.  God’s ability to love is always there.  His love endures forever. Jesus gave up his life on the cross to show us this.

 

 Through the cross grace is given.  Forgiveness is given.  Love is given.

 

Let us pray: God, Thank you for giving us the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ.  Because of him we are confident you will help us understand what it means to do the right thing.  Help us be obedient to your word.  To remember to forgive as you have forgiven us.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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