Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Sunday, 28 October 18:
1. Jeremiah 47:3 – “At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his stallions, at the rushing of his chariots, at the rumbling of their wheels, the fathers look not back to their children, so feeble are their hands….” God’s judgment humbles the prideful and terrifies the fearless.
2. Jeremiah 48:3-6 — “A voice! A cry from Horonaim, ‘Desolation and great destruction!’ Moab is destroyed; her little ones have made a cry. For at the ascent of Luhith they go up weeping; for at the descent of Horonaim they have heard the distressed cry of destruction. Flee! Save yourselves! You will be like a juniper in the desert!” A nation that puts its trust in anything other than God will inevitably face destruction, and when the institutions fall, it is every person for themselves.
3. Jeremiah 48:7 – “For, because you trusted in your works and your treasures, you also shall be taken;
and Chemosh shall go into exile with his priests and his officials.” God brings judgment when you trust in your own resources.
4. Jeremiah 48:8 – “The destroyer shall come upon every city, and no city shall escape; the valley shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed, as the Lord has spoken.” God’s judgment is swift and complete.
5. Jeremiah 48:10 – “Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord with slackness.” God will not be dishonored with half-hearted obedience our lackluster service. God is God and must be treated with due honor. How can anyone dishonor the Almighty with mediocrity, particularly after He sacrificed His Son for the unworthy?
6. Jeremiah 48:11 — “Then Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence.” The Great Commission is to bring all peoples back into loving, obedient relationship with Him, not to “make the world a better place.” The entire Bible describes a struggle between two kingdoms, between the Kingdom of God, and the counterfeit kingdom of man (inspired by Satan). God will tear down the kingdom’s of men that attempt to compete with His Kingdom. God destroyed the Tower of Babel, and man has been trying to rebuild it ever since rather than placing their trust in Him.
7. Jeremiah 48:14 — “How do you say, ‘We are heroes and mighty men of war’?” God destroys all human pride which an affront to Him.
8. Jeremiah 48:20 – “Moab is put to shame, for it is broken; wail and cry! Tell it beside the Arnon, that Moab is laid waste. Moab is put to shame, for it is broken; wail and cry! Tell it beside the Arnon, that Moab is laid waste.” When God punishes a nation, it often surprises and confounds them.
9. Jeremiah 48:26 — “Make him drunk, because he magnified himself against the Lord, so that Moab shall wallow in his vomit, and he too shall be held in derision.” To take credit for success without reference to God is to oppose God.
10. Jeremiah 48:29, 30 – “We have heard of the pride of Moab— he is very proud— of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance, and the haughtiness of his heart. I know his insolence, declares the Lord; his boasts are false, his deeds are false.” Again, God destroys all human pride which is an affront to Him.
11. Jeremiah 48:30, 33 – “I know his insolence, declares the Lord; his boasts are false, his deeds are false…. Gladness and joy have been taken away from the fruitful land of Moab; I have made the wine cease from the winepresses; no one treads them with shouts of joy; the shouting is not the shout of joy.” God will silence the self-reliant boasting of any person or nation and take away their joy.
12. Jeremiah 48:36 – “Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a flute, and my heart moans like a flute for the men of Kir-hareseth. Therefore the riches they gained have perished.” Judgment makes your material resources useless.
13. Jeremiah 48:38 – “On all the housetops of Moab and in the squares there is nothing but lamentation, for I have broken Moab like a vessel for which no one cares, declares the Lord.” God’s judgment destroys nations in a rapid, complete, and irreversible way, like a piece of pottery which is shattered and cannot be repaired.
14. Proverbs 28:1 – “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” God’s truth is uniting, not divisive. When leaders point everyone to Christ, the closer they all get to Christ, the closer they get to each other, and the closer they get to Peace, Love, Joy, and Hope.
15. Proverbs 28:5 – “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.” There is no complete justice apart from God; no one approaches God but through Jesus Christ. No leader who fails to proclaim Christ first can bring true justice to a people. Christians see very clearly the injustice of the justice systems of this earth, and Christians are called to be the conscience of society, always trying to steer people back to Jesus.
16. Proverbs 28:7 — “The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.” Why is the law contrasted with gluttony? Because both relate, from opposite positions, with self-control and self-discipline. There are many undisciplined, self-centered, destructive behaviors that are not illegal but are still wrong, signs of disrespect for God. The last fruit of the spirit described in Galatians 5 is self-control. Self-control is not an intellectual ability, it is a spiritual ability. Do you have it?
17. Proverbs 28:9 — “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.” God does not reward bad behavior. God is not here to serve you. You are here to serve Him. This is a consistent message throughout the Bible.
18. Proverbs 28:14 – “Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.” This is true for both people and nations. A hard lesson revealed in the Old Testament.
19. Proverbs 28:19 – “Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.” Worthless pursuits are those that have no virtuous reproduction capacity to support the needs of others (not the just the wants of others).
20. Proverbs 28:26 – “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” Do you know any fools?
21. Psalm 127:1, 2 — “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”
– We were created to serve God and to fulfill His will on earth. Whatever we are doing for self is a waste of time and will not prevail.
– So many churches and Christians are wearing themselves out pursuing goals God never intended for them to pursue. Too often we decide how we are going to serve God rather than waiting on Him and merely being faithful with the little things He places before us day by day. It is usually pride, fear, and feelings of inadequacy that drive us towards emotional decision-making and pursuit of works of the flesh rather than works of the Spirit which come from the Spirit’s lead. God has given you just enough time and resources in a day to do exactly what He wants you to do without losing your peace and joy. He does not equip each day to pursue your own goals and ambitions, things He never asked you to do. “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22).” Why wear yourself out and ruin your joy and peace trying to get what God never intended you to have and what God will never allow you to keep? Serve God, rest in Him, receive His blessings which will exceed your expectations, and have peace in life.
22. Psalm 127:3-5 — “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” Children are a blessing from God, a reward from God. Treat them as such.
23. Psalm 127 — If you aren’t working for the LORD, your work is futile, regardless of how hard you work. Are you advancing the Kingdom of God or trying to build your own kingdom on earth?
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 28 Oct 18: Rest in the Lord today. (Psalm 127:2)