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Loving Disruption

Loving Disruption  Moab has been at ease from his youth; he has settled on his dregs, and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, nor has he gone into captivity. Therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent has not changed. —Jeremiah 48: 11  Moab— situated as they were in wine country— would […]

What God Thinks of You

What God Thinks of You  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  —Jeremiah 29: 11  Sometimes, when we have failed in our Christian walk by disobeying God or yielding to fleshly impulses, we become […]

The Skillful Potter

The Skillful Potter  I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel.… Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “O house […]

The Old Path

The Old Path  Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.'”—Jeremiah 6: 16  Israel was a mess. Their prophets spoke lies, […]

No Pretense

No Pretense  “And yet for all of this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the Lord.  —Jeremiah 3:10  Judah witnessed the destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel as they turned away from God into idolatry. Though King Josiah initiated spiritual reform, it wasn’t […]

God Has Ordained You

God Has Ordained You  Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”  —Jeremiah 1: 4-5  Jeremiah’s life and ministry began in the mind of God before Jeremiah was […]

Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid  I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,”  says the Lord, “and I will heal him.” But the wicked are like the troubled sea,  when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. —Isaiah 57: 19-20  Can […]

When God Says “No”

When God Says “No”  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways,  and My thoughts than your thoughts.”  —Isaiah 55: 8-9  Is it loving to give your children everything they […]

Peace Like a River

Peace Like a River  Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.  —Isaiah 48: 18  Israel had stopped heeding God. They had turned their backs on His commandments and wouldn’t listen to His voice; yet they still claimed […]

Where to Turn When Troubled

Where to Turn When Troubled  And so it was, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord. —Isaiah 37:1  When the powerful Assyrian army threatened to besiege Jerusalem until its inhabitants starved to death, Hezekiah responded to the crisis by going […]

God Smites to Heal

God Smites to Heal  And the Lord will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the Lord,  and He will be entreated by them and heal them.  —Isaiah 19:22  Some of you are experiencing turmoil right now. Like Egypt, your problems seem to compound one on top of the other, […]

Ungodly Ambitions

Ungodly Ambitions  How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!… For you have said in your heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God… I will be like the Most High.” Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol…  —Isaiah 14:12-15  All of […]