Tag: motives of the heart
Scripture reading for August 14th: Jeremiah 37-39
“Jeremiah was put in a vaulted cell in a dungeon, where he remained for a long time. Then King Zedekiah sent for him and had him brought to the palace, where he asked him privately, “Is there any word from the Lord?” “Yes,” Jeremiah replied, “you will be handed over to the king of Babylon.” Jeremiah 37:16-17
When times are tough, many people are curious about what the Lord might be saying. When you haven’t listened to His word for a long time and have tried to silence the voice of God in your life, it is not easy to hear properly again. God knows the motives behind our questions. They may sound like we want to hear, but may be mere curiosity. Such was this question from King Zedekiah. He sounded sincere–like he wanted to know and understand what the Lord was saying–but really did not believe that what Jeremiah said was true.
Sometimes we have another reason for wanting to hear another word from the Lord. We may hope that God has changed His mind or given a new word. None of the last kings of Judah wanted to hear Jeremiah’s word from the Lord. He was in prison because of preaching that word of coming judgment. In the coming days, a plot to kill Jeremiah came from some of the king’s officials and King Zedekiah did nothing to stop them. He really did not want to hear the word of coming judgment. He was hoping for a word of peace and safety.
Today, people are running around looking for a “word from the Lord”. They go to conferences and seek out those with prophetic gifts. They want to hear the latest prophetic predictions. They want guidance and direction. We each must check our motives and ask ourselves if we are obeying what has already been spoken and written from the Lord. If we have been ignoring simple truths, how can we be sure we will be given truth? In the last days there will be a famine, not for bread or water, but for hearing the word of the Lord! (Amos 8:11-12)
Yes, there is a final word from the Lord for these last days; Jesus Christ Himself is the last word from God for the world. He offers grace and forgiveness of sins to all who will repent and believe on Him. He promises salvation, healing and deliverance through Him alone. Have you responded to this word?
“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification of sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Hebrews 1:1-3