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Is there any word from the Lord?

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

Jeremiah was in prison for giving an unpopular word to the kings of Judah about God’s coming judgment.    None of the  kings of Judah wanted to hear Jeremiah’s words.   King Zedekiah  really did not want to hear of coming judgment but instead hoped for a word of peace and safety!  When he sent again for Jeremiah, he was not receptive to the truth of the coming judgment that Jeremiah gave him.  God’s word cannot be changed because He cannot lie!

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 but often are not 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 additional 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)

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 eternal life.  Have you responded to this word or do you expect something different?  Are you curious but not ready to respond?  Today is the only day you know for sure that this Word will be available!

“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

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“Is There Any Word From the Lord?”

Scripture reading for August 14th: Jeremiah 37-39

Prophets have to know that they have heard from the Lord and stay true to the message, even when the going gets rough!  Jeremiah had been prophesying for nearly 40 years and giving the same basic message:  God was going to send Judah into captivity for her sins!  This was not a popular message and was not the message of the popular prophets of Judah either.  They were telling the king and people that God would deliver them from the Babylonians and break the yoke of the enemy, restoring their land and freedom. (Jeremiah 28:10-11)

However, as Jerusalem was surrounded and under siege for a time, the Babylonian army withdrew to fight against Pharaoh’s army.  (Jeremiah 37:9-12)  As Jeremiah began to leave the city to claim his property in Benjamin, he was caught by officials and falsely accused of deserting to Babylon.  He was beaten and imprisoned in the house of Jonathan.

“Jeremiah was put into 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)  The king longed to know what God was thinking and sent for the prophet.  Had he been listening, he would have known that God had already spoken and no one was listening.  Jeremiah repeated the simple message and petitioned the king for mercy.  Zedekiah seemed to soften and allowed him to be moved to a more comfortable location and to receive food.

Some people seem eager to hear a fresh “word from the Lord” when they haven’t processed or heeded the earlier words.  Some of the instructions from God may not be to our liking or may seem too hard for us, but obedience is the right approach.  God can’t give further instructions until we obey the one’s we have already.  Faithfulness in the little brings an opportunity to be faithful in much!

Would you take time today to examine your obedience to what God has already spoken to you?  Are you walking in His call for your life?  Are you faithful in the tasks you know you should be doing?  If not, repent and begin to obey!  That’s a “word” for you today!

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Your Work Will Be Rewarded!

Scripture reading for April 27th: 2nd Chronicles 13-16

King Asa was aggressive in doing good and what was right in God’s eyes.  He removed foreign altars and tore down idols.  He commanded Judah to seek the Lord and keep His laws.  As he did these good things, Zerah the Cushite marched against him with a large army.  As he took up battle positions, he called to the Lord.  “Lord, there is no one like You to help the powerless against the mighty.  Help us O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in Your Name we have come against this vast army.  O Lord, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you.” (2nd Chronicles 14:11)

Pleased to respond to such a humble prayer, the Lord routed the Cushites before Asa and Judah. He also sent Azariah the prophet to meet Asa.  Azariah gave Asa this word, “The Lord is with you when you are with Him.  If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.  . . .But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” (2nd Chronicles 15:2,7)  This word encouraged Asa to continue in the ways of the Lord and to work to bring Judah back to a full walk with God. His heart was fully committed to the Lord for almost all of his life.

However, after many years of peace, Baasha king of Israel came against Judah.  Asa failed to seek the Lord but instead went to Damascus for help.  Hanani the prophet came and reminded Asa of his earlier success and the promise of help if he sought the Lord.  “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.  You have done a foolish thing, from now on you will have war.” (2nd Chronicles 16:9)   It is interesting to note that at the end of Asa’s life, he had a disease of his feet and still would not call on the Lord!

We can learn much from this passage.  Call on the Lord and depend on Him in every difficulty; He is watching for those who are fully committed to show Himself strong on their behalf!  When we fail to pray, we set ourselves up for failure and trouble!  Your work through prayer will be rewarded!

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Is there any word from the Lord? (Part 2)

Scripture reading for August 15th: Jeremiah 40-45

“Then all the army officers, including Johanan son of Kareah and Jezaniah son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest approached Jeremiah the prophet and said to him, “Please hear our petition and pray to the Lord your God for this entire remnant.  For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a few are left.  Pray that the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.” Jeremiah 42:1-3

These Jews were scared and feared the wrath of Babylon because their Babylonian appointed leader, Gedaliah, had been assassinated.  They were thinking about fleeing to Egypt but decided to seek a word from the Lord.  They approached Jeremiah and asked him to pray for them to “your God”.  That’s not a very encouraging sign!  As a minister, many people want you to pray for them and are thankful when you do.  Sometimes I wonder why they are not praying themselves.  Other times I wonder if they are asking something similar to these Jews who asked Jeremiah to pray.

After this group promised Jeremiah to abide faithfully by what the Lord would say, he agreed to seek the Lord.  They said the right words and seemed so sincere.  They promised to do whatever was asked that it might go well with them. (Jeremiah 42:5-6)  As Jeremiah prayed over their request, ten days passed before the answer came.  He called the Jews together to hear the Lord’s directions.  He made them very clear and presented an obvious choice that did not take a genius to figure out the preferred decision!  If they would stay in the land, God would plant them and build them up.  He would protect them from the King of Babylon and show them great compassion.  (Jeremiah 42:10-12)  However, if they did not obey and chose to go down to Egypt, what they feared would overtake them and they would surely die by the sword, famine and plague!  (Jeremiah 42:13-18)  Just to help them out, Jeremiah emphasizes to them the right choice, “Do not go to Egypt.” (Jeremiah 42:19)

You would think that a people who wanted prayer and God’s word of direction and promised to obey would easily find the right answer.  However, their words and actions were not really sincere because their hearts were not right with the Lord.  They had no fear of the Lord or His holy word.  They accused the prophet of lying and that God had not spoken through him or sent him!  (Jeremiah 43:2-7)  They proceeded to gather up everyone and head for Egypt!  This is the mystery of iniquity in the heart of sinful man.  Why would a people who knew God’s word and the penalty for disobedience choose to disobey and die?   There is no logical answer!

As you think about this story today, examine your own life and check out your heart.  Have you sought the Lord for something you know is not God’s will?  When a man or woman of God gives you truth that you disagree with do you go ahead and do your own thing?  Is the Lord “your God” or does He belong to others?

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Is there any word from the Lord?

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

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