Thursday, January 30, 2020 | Pastor Kevin
This is one of those moments that reminds us of just how powerful pride is in humanity. The kings and false prophets in Judah have done nothing but discourage, downplay, and disagree with Jeremiah's prophecies that have come straight from the Lord. Suddenly, when those prophecies begin to become reality, the king sends a government official and a priest to seek God's help in defeating Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. These men who have ordered beatings for the prophet and have put him in the stockade are now coming to him with a request for help. This is the ultimate example of pride, because these men have no desire to change their ways or stop persecuting God's prophets, but they also want Jeremiah's help in talking to the God they are currently rebelling against. Amazingly, he gives them an answer though it is definitely not what they were hoping to hear. He does not ignore their request or act haughty in their presence; instead, Jeremiah tells them what God is going to do through Nebuchadnezzar, His chosen vessel to punish His people. This is not a human response to these men showing up at his door; this is a response driven by the Spirit! God is literally speaking through Jeremiah to these people, and they still do not get the seriousness of the moment. Pride rears its ugly head when we think someone should do something for us simply because we deserve it. Only the humble understand that we do not deserve anything from God except hell. Since the days of Adam, we have sought our own way and sinned consistently against our Heavenly Father. We have allowed the flesh to rule our words and actions and have rebelled against the Spirit's leading in our day-to-day decisions. We walk in the flesh and yet expect God to overlook it all and give us what we want. God's response to Judah is captivity, death, and destruction. He responded to our sin and stupidity by sending His only Son to earth to die on a cross for the forgiveness of those sins and provide a home in heaven. Paul explained it beautifully in 2 Corinthians 5:21, "He made Him who knew to sin to be sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
Help me, Lord, to seek You now with my whole heart and not come to You later desperately seeking Your help but unwilling to change. Help me to consistently take Your Word to those who may not listen but need to hear the truth.