Daily D – Jeremiah 12:2
You planted them, and they have taken root. They have grown and produced fruit. You are ever on their lips, but far from their conscience.
JEREMIAH 12:2 (CSB)
but they couldn’t care less about you.
but you are far from their hearts.
(New Living Translation)
A prominent politician said recently that God approves of his perspective on a particular hot-button issue. Another said God approves of her perspective. It is hard to determine where they got the idea that God has awakened to the political correctness of our day and changed his mind.
From Genesis to Revelation, God clearly states truth for all people in all places in all times. Politicians can say, “God agrees with me,” all they want, but their lies are lies no matter how many times they repeat them.
Politicians are not the only ones who play this dangerous game. Every rationalizing soul at one time or another comes up with reasons or excuses for why God now agrees with them in spite of what he has always said.
God-talk without a God-walk is foolish.
God-talk without a God-heart is empty.
God-talk without a God-orientation is aimless.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, oh let it be that when we speak of or for God that we do so from a life fully attuned to his heart and completely aligned with his ways. May we shudder at the possibility of misrepresenting God’s truth. May we embrace, embody, and express his truth in all things at all times.
Our Father, you have expressed yourself well and have preserved your words of truth and life for all people in all places at all times. Teach us your knowledge and wisdom. Shape our lives with it. Empower us to express it appropriately. May you ever be on our lips. May you always fill our hearts. Amen.
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2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
2 Kings 20:2, 3 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”