What do we value most when our lives are in peril, or danger? Do we seek self-preservation, or advancement of our own legacies? Do we value possessions, or worldly things? Or do we value the name of the Lord, and the cherishment of the heavenly kingdom? A life-and-death situation met Jeremiah, the prophet, suddenly in Jeremiah 26, and he chose to proclaim God’s truth rather than shy away from the message which was upsetting the residents of Jerusalem. He was pressed to effectively recant his words, but instead he reaffirmed them. Interestingly, it was the religious leaders who were championing Jeremiah’s execution. The civil leaders and elders, however, were the ones calling for reason, and demanding that Jeremiah not be killed. The reality is, God’s message is convicting, and often unsettling. Why? Because it shakes us, and awakes us, from the slumbering state of selfishness. It beckons us to step out of moral darkness and into spiritual light. And such change is unnatural to humanity, and therefore uncomfortable. We daily have a choice: embrace the word of the Lord, or reject it. Jeremiah chose the former option, even though it brought him tremendous pain and anguish. Are we ready to do the same?
Jeremiah 26:13-14 “Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the Lord your God. Then the Lord will relent and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you. As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right.” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (8/4/2019)