Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 257

The scriptures read are Jeremiah 42-43, Psalm 61 and James 4.

Jeremiah 42 & 43. The remnants of Judah ask Jeremiah to pray for them and swear to do what God tells them. That's great until he tells them what they don't want to hear. Stay in the devastated land of Judah and you'll be safe. Go to Egypt and the Babylonians will come back and do to Egypt what he did to Jerusalem. Of course, the people rebel against that and go to Egypt, dragging Jeremiah and his secretary Baruch along. God warns them again. It never does any good, does it?

Psalm 61. The plaintive tone of the singer suits this psalm.

James 4. Desiring stuff that not yours or that's not good for you is what causes fights and arguments. Don't cheat on God with the world's enticements. God won't sit back and allow you to do that.

Get serious about following Jesus and obeying God. Don't trash talk your fellow Christians. It hurts the cause of the good news of God in Christ.

The future is not real...yet. Your 5-Year Plan is fiction. You have no idea what tomorrow will bring; it could be anything. Take that into account. Remember everything is conditional, based on God's will. Like Jesus, underlying every prayer is the acknowledgement is that God's will, not ours, be done.

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