Archive for October, 2010

Who is my flock? (Jer. 13:20)

October 13, 2010

“Where is the flock that was entrusted to you, the sheep of which you boasted?” (Jer. 13:20) Dear Lord, lest I forget, there is a flock you have entrusted to me, and there are those I’d rather run after. Jeremiah is scolding Judah for not protecting its people but rather looking for others for protection and prostituting themselves for that protection. How backwards! How I do the same thing. You have given me a wife and children and a church family but at times I run after those I want to be friends with rather than those to whom you have entrusted to me. Give me courage to accept Your flock and work for their benefit, to spend my time, treasure, talent and talk upon them instead of wooing others to hear me. You gave me people in my life, help me to give back to them. And you have kept me from others, help me to stay focused on the flock before me rather than the desires to join the bandwagon of others. Thank you for my church and nuclear family – help to be honor them lest you embarrass me.

Harming Ourselves (Jer. 7:6)

October 7, 2010

Dear Lord, Your word today says that by following my own desires, by worshipping the idols in my life I am actually harming myself! Your word says to Love God, Love others as you Love Yourself. Oh Lord, the right worship of You is found in not desecrating the image (idol) of God – humans, and I am a human too! By not taking care of myself, I kill and deface the very image of God. Give me strength to see my idols that I worship and in so doing harm myself. And my following lies (idols) to my own gain is just as bad as taking advantage of others to get ahead, for we all are your creatures, your image.

It seems so easy to pick on “foreigners” – who is the foreigner to me? May I not join in the abuse of foreigners of the faith (non-Christians), may I be persuaded to punish those who exploit the true foreigners who are illegal in this country rather than vilify the aliens. Melt my heart for their plight and give me power to do justice upon their behalf in a land where they are exploited, used, abused and cheapened just so others can make another dollar off their backs. the problem is there are jobs for the illegals in the USA – ones where they are abused, but have a better chance than in their own home countries. May You help me shut down the rackets that exploit the alien and therefore in so doing help the alien to enter the country with dignity and honor. My own welfare is connected to how I treat the aliens amongst us. May I do unto them as I would want to be done unto me. Amen.

Obey the First Time (Jer 6:2,9)

October 7, 2010

Dear Lord, as I teach my daughter to learn to “obey the first time” help me to obey the first time as well. Though You see us like Jerusalem, “my beautiful and delicate daughter” (Jer 6:2) You will still bring your destruction upon us if we continue to disobey. I repent and ask that you save me now, lest I cry out and you say, “No, its too late.” And may I not hide my righteousness in a land filled with wickedness, for Your word today is that, “even the few who remain will be picked over again.”

Blessing You, Blessing the World (Jeremiah 4:2)

October 5, 2010

Oh Lord, You call me to throw away the things I put first before You. Boy, that’s hard. Sometimes I think maybe I can just do the things I placed before you a little less, but you say, for me, I should throw it out. Ditch the idol, not, spend less time with the idol. Help me to let go fully and give You all of me.

Your word today through Jeremiah is that blessing You is found by being a blessing in the world. If I turn from my idols, swear allegiance to Jesus and live these three things out: truth, justice and righteousness, that not only would I be blessing and worshipping you, but I would be evangelizing. “As surely as the Lord lives, you could do… truth, justice, and righteousness. Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world and all people would come and praise My name.” (Jeremiah 4:2) If I am truthful, work for justice and live in all ways righteous then I am an evangelist. It isn’t rocket science, it’s righteousness. Oh, Lord, but I think doing truth, justice and righteous can be harmful and difficult for me! Help me to take the blows like a running-back and push forward to honor You and make Your name known by my actions in truth, justice and righteousness. Amen.

Talking Rightly, Walking Evilly (Jeremiah 3:5)

October 5, 2010

“So you talk, but you keep on doing all the evil you can.” (Jeremiah 3:5b). Dear Lord, it seems as if evil is forgetting You. Sometimes it seems that I define evil as vile and heinously¬†wicked acts and consider myself free from such maliciousness. And yet, through Jeremiah, You tell me that when I put other things in front of You, I am acting evilly. Forgive me when I talk like a Christian but act like the heathen.

In the beginning of verse 5 it says, “Surely you won’t be angry forever! Surely you can forget about it!” Oh, but when I’m hurt by someone else I can bear a grudge and have trouble letting it go. So here I am, just thinking that slapping You in the face will be so easily forgiven for You are God – You are Love and Forgiveness. Help me to see how badly I hurt You and how expensive the gift of Love and Forgiveness is that I may not be rash to assume you forgive and I continue to run roughshod over Your grace. Thank you Lord for this word, may I learn what my wickedness is (my unfaithfulness) and not make light of your forgiveness. And Christ Jesus, help me to keep my walk in line with my talk. Amen.

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