Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday 2-19-10

Jeremiah 7:22-24
"22  For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
23  But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
24  But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward."

As I read this I saw how it still very much applies to my life. God is not interested in my "sacrifices" or my going through the motions of serving him. He does want me to obey him. He wants me to love him and for him to be my only God. He wants me to walk in his commands. Those who simply "go through the motions" do not listen to God's direction or calling, they will not obey him but rather seek after evil. May I be among those who go forward and not backward!

Jeremiah 9:23-24
"23 ¶  Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
24  But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD."

These verse just once again brought out how God wants me to glory in him, to delight in him. Here he says not to glory in wisdom, or might, or riches, all these things will one day pass, and all these things will never ultimately satisfy. He wants me to glory in what will last forever: understanding and knowing the Lord God! It is not egotistical for God to want his children to glory in him, for he knows that the greatest pleasure, or delight a Christian could have is to be satisfied in God and to glorify him. So really God has my best interests at heart when he says to glory (or boast) in the fact I know him. My hearts cry is that I would be completely satisfied in God, for if God will not satisfy... what can?

Please pray for Gordon. He is a young man who was saved last year, and God is at work in his heart. All his other "friends" who had gotten 'saved' at the same time are back in the world. It must be difficult for him, seeing them fall back into sin. Please pray that God would continue to work in Gordon, and that Gordon would stand strong in Christ Jesus, that he would continue to grow in Christ each day.

May grace and peace be with you,