God is Watching!
Scripture reading for August 6th: Jeremiah 7-10
Jeremiah was told to go and stand at the entrance to the temple of God and speak a strong message to the people of Israel who were going in to worship. He was to preach as they entered or left, calling them to repentance and away from the deception of empty religion. He would be considered a fanatic today and would probably be heckled or possibly even be arrested for disturbing the peace. Let’s consider his message.
“Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before Me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”–safe to do all these detestable thing? Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching declares the Lord!” (Jeremiah 7:9-11) Jeremiah had a tough message for a hardened people. They were so hard that God told him not to pray for them any more. He would not listen to prayers for them. (Jeremiah 7:16) He also told Jeremiah that the people would not listen to his message from Him either. (Jeremiah 7:27-8) Jeremiah was to cut off his hair and throw it away and take up a lament for this lost people who were beyond God’s help.
Wow, this is hard stuff! Why would God have Jeremiah preach this message if they would not listen? Why would God tell Jeremiah not to pray? Was God unmerciful? Would He not give them another chance? A principle of God is that preaching brings responsibility and, if there is no response, judgment. Prayer postpones judgment. God had given these people opportunity to repent by sending many prophets. They had rejected the message again and again until the only remedy left was God’s wrath! (Jeremiah 7:20, 25-26)
Because of sin, man has a blind spot. He tends to think that God doesn’t see what is done in darkness. When God doesn’t judge immediately, he tends to think that God may be soft or senile. None of these presumptions are true. God is watching everything and will judge the evil and reward the good. His eyes penetrate the darkness and it is as light to Him. He even sees inside and knows the motives and thoughts of our hearts. Respond today if you hear His voice!