2 “Thus says the Lord, ‘Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak to all the cities of Judah who have come to worship in the Lord’s house all the words that I have commanded you to speak to them. Do not omit a word! 3 Perhaps they will listen and everyone will turn from his evil way, that I may repent of the calamity which I am planning to do to them because of the evil of their deeds.’
Jeremiah 26:2-3 NASB
God and His prophets in the Old Testament get such a bad wrap. God is always called a God of Wrath and His prophets are Prophets of Doom! But this so far from the truth!
The Father wanted His people to be blessed. He brought them out of slavery in Egypt and set them up in a “land flowing with milk and honey.”
THE KEY, and it was always like this (see Dueteronomy 27-28), was obedience! When the people obeyed the Lord, they prospered. When they disobeyed, He sent discipline and correction. This is the way He operates! He told the Israelites. It was plain as day…spelled out!
The Father wants us to obey Him. That is what He desires. He sends warnings to get His people to turn from their ways. But if they don’t, He has to do what He said He would do in His Word, because He is a God of His Word. And, He does this because He knows what is best for us, and that is to live rightly in His presence!
Are you feeling the correction of the Lord for some reason? Check your obedience. Are you walking in the way that He desires?
Spend time seeking Him. Ask Him to show you any area in your life that you’re not being obedient in. Get right with Him. That is what He really wants!
But if you don’t, He will discipline you. He will get your attention. Just like a good Father disciplines His son/daughter because he knows it will be better in the long run, is the way the Father deals with us.
If you need to, turn to Him today. It is the best place to be, in His presence!
Lord, we want to be obedient and follow hard after You. Forgive us for our disobedience. Draw us closer to You and let Your hand of favor and blessing fall us all the days of our lives.