KEY VERSE “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:5).
The most difficult people to convince about Christ are those who are set in their own ways. They see no need for God or for a change of ways. And they reject all rebuke and correction. They are like the people of Judah, who though suffered greatly for their sins, would not recognise that the calamities were God’s acts of discipline to restore them to His covenant. Today, God is constantly searching the hearts of men. He tests and examines the deepest feelings and motives of men in order to determine what we love the most.
In the case of Judah, God found that they had become so obsessed with materialism that those who possessed wealth did everything to maintain it to the utter neglect of the poor. So, to correct that anomaly, God proclaimed that the unjustly acquired riches of the greedy would soon be taken away, and eventually He would strike them with poverty and send them into captivity. God reminded them that it was futile to think they could trust in themselves or be in alliance with another nation to deliver themselves from imminent danger.
The present world is in a similar danger. The only solution is to truly return to God. Always put your trust in God in all situations. To survive in trying times, you must be like a tree in dry area that sends its roots far into the ground for water. You must have deep faith in the Lord. When times of great turmoil come, the faithful will drink from the riches of God’s care for them.
Thought for the day: Material pursuits at the expense of God and His Kingdom are rottenness in the making.
Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 24-25