For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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1The word of Adonai came to me: 2“Go and shout in the ears of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) that this is what Adonai says:
‘I remember your devotion when you were young;
how, as a bride, you loved me;
how you followed me through the desert,
through a land not sown.
3“‘Isra’el is set aside for Adonai,
the firstfruits of his harvest;
all who devour him will incur guilt;
evil will befall them,” says Adonai.
4Hear the word of Adonai, house of Ya‘akov
and all families in the house of Isra’el;
5here is what Adonai says:
“What did your ancestors find wrong with me
to make them go so far away from me,
to make them go after nothings
and become themselves nothings?
Have we acted in such a way God would ask us this question? The picture is of a bride so in love with her husband she leaves what is familiar to wander in a barren, wild place following him. Why? She was devoted to Him.
This nation followed hard after God, founded laws and education on His word, were not ashamed to pray and invite Him into their business and lives. Now, there is plenty, this is a rich nation, and it begins to leave God bit by bit, denying and rejecting Him to follow after nothings and is slowing becoming a nothing.
God’s love for his people is so strong he curses any who would harm them. He protects what is his. He provides for what is his. He also disciplines those who are His.
Pray – In you, Adonai, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness, rescue me; and help me to escape. Turn your ear toward me, and deliver. Me. Psalm 71:1-2
Repent – I repent for my nation. I repent for their turning from you. Have mercy, O God and open their ears and eyes to see you, to return to you. Help me do my part.
Ask – God, summon your strength. Use your strength, God, as you did for us before. Psalm 68:29
Yes – Sing to God, kingdoms of the earth. Sing praises to Adonai, to him who rides on the most ancient heavens. Listen! As he utters His voice, a mighty voice. Acknowledge that strength belongs to God. Psalms 68:33-34
Source: Jeremiah and Psalms