Humble Enough?

…but to the humble he (God) gives favor.  Pr 3:34

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.  James 4:10

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 Jn 1:9

These verses came to mind as I was reading Jeremiah 2 this morning.  God indicts Israel for their unwillingness to repent.  His children are idolatrous, prideful, and no longer concerned with the things He is concerned with.  Although they’ve received mercy and compassion from God, how quickly they’ve forgotten His goodness.  Jeremiah writes of God’s people forsaking Him (2:13, 17, 19).  Within the prophets, the synonym of forsaking is as a bride cheats on her husband.  God seems confused as to how His people would turn their back on Him after His goodness.  It’s only for this reason – that of rebellion – that the people of Judah will face the consequences for their sin.

I wonder when the line had been crossed.  In other words, if they repented at that time, would God have relented?  But they didn’t.  And there came a time when God didn’t have a choice.  They must be disciplined.  And the Babylonians have been sent.  The Israelites would be taken captive and would only then realize their failure to recognize God’s goodness.

Fast forward 2500 years or so.  Idolatry in our world, our lives?  Yep.  So will we repent?  Will we turn from ways that never lead to God and run (not walk) to His side?  Will we forego all the things of the world so that God can cause us to experience real life?  Or will we be just as stubborn and rebellious as our folks?  I pray it’s the former.


2 Responses to “Humble Enough?”

  1. Leah Alexander Says:

    I was just about to say in the other post where you didn’t understand what I meant. It was God’s people Jeremiah was talking to-not outsiders. It was HIS people.

    I ask you the question because something that truly has astounded me since I moved back is how few people actually go to church. We have a lot of churches. We have good preachers in our community. Why are the pews so bare?

    I ask about your experiences as a preacher because surely there is something as Christians we can do to help our preachers and our churches. Naturally we all know to pray, but we also need to act.

    • Rebellion (sin) is a communual/societal/individual issue. In other words, no one is immune. Therefore, we must always be aware of our sin and what that sin does to the relationship God desires.

      Too many, I believe, equate church with salvation. But in my mind, the Church as God intended is a byproduct of one’s salvation. So the answer is revival. Revival that begins with me and then you and then… But are we ready for revival? Could we handle it?

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