The Lord Cares- CAC Living Water Devotional
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Wednesday, August 19, 2020.
TOPIC: THE LORD CARES
Read Jeremiah 26:1-12
1 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the LORD, saying,
2 “Thus says the LORD: ‘Stand in the court of the LORD’s house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD’s house, all the words that I command you to speak to them. Do not diminish a word.
3 Perhaps everyone will listen and turn from his evil way, that I may relent concerning the calamity which I purpose to bring on them because of the evil of their doings.’
4 And you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD: “If you will not listen to Me, to walk in My law which I have set before you,
5 to heed the words of My servants the prophets whom I sent to you, both rising up early and sending them (but you have not heeded),
6 then I will make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.”
7 So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD.
8 Now it happened, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, “You will surely die! 9 Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without an inhabitant’?” And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.
10 When the princes of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king’s house to the house of the LORD and sat down in the entry of the New Gate of the LORD’s house.
11 And the priests and the prophets spoke to the princes and all the people, saying, “This man deserves to die! For he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your ears.”
12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the princes and all the people, saying: “The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city with all the words that you have heard.
If you will still remain in this land, then I will build you and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pluck you up. For I relent concerning the disaster that I have brought upon you (Jeremiah 42:10)
The Lord cares deeply for all that He created, especially, the mankind formed in His own likeness (Gen. 1:26). He is the Saviour who desires all persons to be delivered and saved, as they come to the true knowledge of Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:4). This is because He takes no pleasure in the death of the sinner, but delights in their repentance (Ezk. 18:32).
The timely obedience and repentance of the Ninevites to God’s warning shed light on His concerns for mankind. The good Lord who would not condone iniquity would have destroyed them, because of their evil deeds. However, God doesn’t punish without first issuing warnings, just like He did to the Israelites before He judged them. To the Ninevites, God sent Prophet Jonah to warn them of the impending doom due to their wickedness (Jon. 1:1-2). There is no doubt; the Word of God through Jonah is true. Judgment would have been inevitable but for the fact that they responded positively with great humility, by declaring fasting and prayer for repentance. The loving and caring Lord relented from the calamity He earlier declared on them (Jon. 3:5-10).
God does not intend to condemn, or destroy the wicked, but to lead them to repentance and salvation (Jn. 3:16). Although, sinners like the Ninevites, deserve judgment and would have it, God’s purpose for sending His messenger was not just to announce the impending doom, but to give the people the opportunity to heed to the warning and escape being destroyed, to enjoy His love and care.
God is forever rich in kindness, bearing, and patient (Rom. 2:4). Only His kindness and care lead the sinners to repentance, which always brings great joy to His kingdom (Lk. 15:7-10). On this World Humanitarian Day, let us emulate and show to the world the caring attitude of Christ. Let us make it known that He still loves and cares for even the worst of sinners, just that He wants everyone to repent and be saved.
- Appreciate God for His unending love and care for humanity.
- Ask God for His grace never to do anything to undermine this love of His in any way.
- Pray that God should give His Church in the land the grace, understanding, and readiness to make His love known to the aching world.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Psalms 48 – 51; Revelation 12 -13.
Author: CAC WORLDWIDE