God’s goal for us is our humility, our repentance, and our surrender. As long as we hold onto our pride, we are heading toward a day of reckoning. What would God have you turn away from as you turn toward him? Today is the day to make a decision toward the Lord…
6 “‘Alas, sword of the Lord,
how long till you rest?
Return to your sheath;
cease and be still.’
6 Flee! Run for your lives;
become like a bush in the desert.
7 Since you trust in your deeds and riches,
you too will be taken captive,
16 The terror you inspire
and the pride of your heart have deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rocks,
who occupy the heights of the hill.
Though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s,
from there I will bring you down,”
declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 47:6, 48:6-7, 49:16
For the last couple of days I have been reflecting on the value of accepting God’s reshaping and surrendering to him in humility. Some people may have no interest or acceptance of God’s hand in their lives, though. Today we read of the outcomes of a life lived while thumbing one’s nose toward the Lord.
Jeremiah was sent to give prophecies to several cities which had disregarded God and his ways. They would crumble and be overtaken. In fact, they would cry out, “How long till you rest, God?” By this time, it will be too late for them. We see in the lives of Israel and the surrounding areas that when God finally takes action to deal with the sin of people, he will not relent until he has accomplished his goal.
And what is God’s goal? Our humility. Our repentance. Our surrender. As long as we hold onto our pride, we are heading toward a time when we will run for our lives. As long as we trust in deeds and riches, we are heading toward captivity to the things we serve. If we insist on continuing in sin, we will be captive to sin.
If we are so terrible that we inspire terror and hatred (and these words are very impactful in modern times when terror is too common) we will be brought down. God will not be mocked and his tolerance has a limit.
The time of turning our hearts toward God is now. This means turning away from ourselves and from the things which displease God.
What would God have you turn away from today as you turn toward him?