Monday, February 10, 2020 | Pastor Kevin
God tells Jeremiah to buy a field from a family member. The prophet obeys and has all the legal documents stored in "earthen pots" to keep them safe during the siege and slaughter that is to come. This is to symbolize God's promise that a remnant of Jews will return to and rebuild the city of David. Zedekiah, the king of Judah, puts Jeremiah into bonds because he continues to tell the him exactly what God says. The crazy part of that imprisonment is that Jerusalem was currently under attack by Nebuchadnezzar. In other words, Jeremiah has told the truth and it has been consistently proven but the king and most of the people still will not listen. How can that be? How can people see and hear the truth and then watch it come to fruition as promised and still reject the message and the messenger? It happened in Jeremiah's day, and it is still happening in our current culture. The Gospel is more readily available today than it has ever been in the history of Christianity. Not only do we have churches on many street corners (depending on where you live in the United States), but we also can find the Gospel online, on television, on the radio, and even in the movie theatres to some extent. People can easily know the truth with a few clicks of a mouse, but they are not interested. Just as Zedekiah tried to shut the mouth of God's prophet, our culture is systematically shutting down the presence and the power of the Gospel. We are fighting a far greater enemy than Nebuchadnezzar, and you better believe that he is waging war against any individual or church that is consistently preaching that old, old story. You and I can take the Gospel wherever we go, just like Jeremiah did, and a few will listen and the majority will most likely reject it. We cannot change people's hearts, we can only walk by faith in the Gospel as "the power of God unto salvation." In all of that, we can know without question that heaven is waiting and nothing will change that!
Help me, Lord, to hear Your truth and apply it to my life on a daily basis. Help me to take the Gospel wherever I go and share it with anyone and everyone who will listen.