Friday, August 22, 2008

Above the World

August 22: Jeremiah 46-48

27 “But fear not, O Jacob my servant,
nor be dismayed, O Israel,
for behold, I will save you from far away,
and your offspring from the land of their captivity.
Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease,
and none shall make him afraid.
28 Fear not, O Jacob my servant,
declares the Lord,
for I am with you.
I will make a full end of all the nations
to which I have driven you,
but of you I will not make a full end.
I will discipline you in just measure,
and I will by no means leave you unpunished.”
Jeremiah 46:27-28

Above the World

Jeremiah is sometimes called the prophet of doom, and today's reading certainly bears that out. Through Jeremiah, God calls for judgment on Egypt, judgment on the Philistines, and judgment on Moab. Tucked right in between the judgments against Egypt and the Philistines are the verses shown above.

Remember, in yesterdays reading, we left the remnant from Judah in the land of Egypt; God told them that he would bring judgment against the land of Egypt, and they would not be safe there.

In many ways, I think we Christians are much like the remnant of Judah; the difference, however, is that "Egypt" surrounds us. We are not called to leave the world or the land in which we live, but rather, we are called to live above the world. Like the remnant, God often sends discipline to us when we cross that boundary.

Yet, God always remembers his people! Look at Jeremiah 46:28:

But fear not, O Jacob my servant,
nor be dismayed, O Israel,
for behold, I will save you from far away,
and your offspring from the land of their captivity.
Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease,
and none shall make him afraid
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God's purpose in disciplining his children is always to bring them back to Him, unlike the judgment God brings upon the peoples of the world who turn against Him. We call it grace! Though nothing in us deserves the salvation of God, He sent His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to purchase a people for Himself by shedding His own blood in just payment of our sins.

Life is filled with troubles, but as Christians, we look forward to that time of quiet and ease when we will dwell in heaven forever with the Lord. Pray today that as a Christian being surrounded by "Egypt," God would give you grace to live above the world.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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