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The False Confidence of Pagan Nations

Today’s reading: Jeremiah 50:1-51:64

My selection: Jeremiah 50:6-7

6 “My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountains. From mountain to hill they have gone. They have forgotten their fold. 7 All who found them have devoured them, and their enemies have said, ‘We are not guilty, for they have sinned against the Lord, their habitation of righteousness, the Lord, the hope of their fathers.’

My reflections: God uses all the forces and powers of the earth for His purposes, even those nations who officially do not beleive in Him, like Babylonia in Jeremiah’s day. These unbelieving peoples had enough theological knowledge to understand that Israel had sinned against her God but not enough to realize that they too stood guilty before the Lord. Their day of judgment would come as today’s reading shows.

It is possible to know just enough truth to be dangerous or, in some cases, blissfully ignorant. God is a God to be feared. He will not be manipulated. We may not assume, as the enemies of Israel did, that our sin will not catch up with us.

My challenge: Walk before God in reverent fear and awe. Do not grow complacent or comfortable in your sin. Worship Him in humility and repentance. He rules all, including you and me.

Tomorrow’s reading: Jeremiah 52:1-Lamentations 2:22

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