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Focus Verses: Jeremiah 48:7-8, 47
Since you trust in your deeds and riches, you too will be taken
captive, and Chemosh will go into exile, together with his priests and
The destroyer will come against every town, and not a town will
escape. The valley will be ruined and the plateau destroyed, because
the LORD has spoken. - - - 47 "Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come," declares the LORD. Here ends the judgment on Moab.
judgment was poured out on the Egyptians, Philistines, and Moabites
because of their pride, idolatry, and defiance. God, however, expresses
more than anger and judgment through his prophet, Jeremiah. Jeremiah
weeps as a testimony to God's sorrow over the sins of these people— "My
heart laments like a flute." He also declares God's promise and
intent to restore and renew those who are under judgment—"Yet I will
restore in days to come!"
Response and Action:
need to guard against pride and idolatry in my life. I must be honest
about the ways I am defiant against God. My trust should be in God,
not in myself. Jesus must be first in my life, and I must not let
anything or anyone come before him. I must humbly yield my life to
God, and look to him for the direction and strength I need. When I am
experiencing God's discipline upon me, I must remember that God
disciplines out of love, and promises to renew and restore.
God, you have called me to trust in you, to put you first, and to
offer myself to you in reverence for who you are. Deliver me from
pride and teach me to put my confidence in you. Give me the
discernment to know what is false and to worship you in spirit and
truth. Forgive me for the times I resist or, worse yet, defy you.
Help me to surrender myself to you and to be sensitive and responsive
to your will and the guiding of your Spirit. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: 1 John 5:20-21
We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us
understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him
who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and
eternal life. 21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
Breaking the Idols of Your Heart
by Dan B. Allender