Ever been questioned what you are doing? Ever been asked how long can you keep going? Ever been told you should turn stop? What is your motivation? What is your north star? What is providing you the direction required in moving forward? Don’t be robbed of the joy that comes from completing what God has called you to do! Things will get bumpy right before the breakthrough. Just like jets flying and trying to reach the speed of sound, right before they breakthrough the planes starts to feel like its about to fall apart. So consider your calling! Consider God’s plan! And press on! He is good to His Word! He will complete His plan and His work with or without you, but He allows us to be a part of His hand extended to spread the good news of Jesus to the world around us! Run the race to win! Finish strong!
Today’s reading speaks of God’s judgment and how He is asked to stop, to rest, but His response is how can it rest when there is still work to do…
The Lord’s Message about Philistia1Before the king of Egypt attacked Gaza, the Lord spoke to me about Philistia. 2He said: “Look! Waters are rising in the north and will rush like a river in flood. They will cover the land and everything on it, cities and the people who live there. People will call out for help; everyone on earth will cry bitterly. 3They will hear the hoofbeats of horses, the clatter of chariots, the rumble of wheels. Parents will not turn back for their children; their hands will hang limp at their sides. 4The time has come to destroy Philistia, to cut off from Tyre and Sidon all the help that remains. I, the Lord, will destroy the Philistines, all who came from the shores of Crete. 5Great sorrow has come to the people of Gaza, and Ashkelon’s people are silent. How long will the rest of Philistia mourn? 6You cry out, ‘Sword of the Lord! How long will you go on slashing? Go back to your scabbard, stay there and rest!’ 7But how can it rest, when I have given it work to do? I have commanded it to attack Ashkelon and the people who live on the coast.”–from Jeremiah 47
The Destruction of Moab1 This is what the Lord Almighty said about Moab:
“Pity the people of Nebo—their town is destroyed! Kiriathaim is captured, its mighty fortress torn down, and its people put to shame; 2the splendor of Moab is gone. The enemy have captured Heshbon and plot to destroy the nation of Moab. The town of Madmen will be silenced; armies will march against it. 3The people of Horonaim cry out, ‘Violence! Destruction!’ 4“Moab has been destroyed; listen to the children crying. 5Hear the sound of their sobs along the road up to Luhith, the cries of distress on the way down to Horonaim. 6‘Quick, run for your lives!’ they say. ‘Run like a wild desert donkey!’ 7“Moab, you trusted in your strength and your wealth, but now even you will be conquered; your god Chemosh will go into exile, along with his princes and priests. 8Not a town will escape the destruction; both valley and plain will be ruined. I, the Lord, have spoken. 9Set up a tombstone for Moab; it will soon be destroyed. Its towns will be left in ruins, and no one will live there again.” ( 10Curse those who do not do the Lord’s work with all their heart! Curse those who do not slash and kill!)
The Cities of Moab Are Destroyed11The Lord said, “Moab has always lived secure and has never been taken into exile. Moab is like wine left to settle undisturbed and never poured from jar to jar. Its flavor has never been ruined, and it tastes as good as ever.12“So now, the time is coming when I will send people to pour Moab out like wine. They will empty its wine jars and break them in pieces. 13Then the Moabites will be disillusioned with their god Chemosh, just as the Israelites were disillusioned with Bethel, a god in whom they trusted.14“Men of Moab, why do you claim to be heroes, brave soldiers tested in war? 15Moab and its cities are destroyed; its finest young men have been slaughtered. I am the king, the Lord Almighty, and I have spoken. 16Moab’s doom approaches; its ruin is coming soon. 17“Mourn for that nation, you that live nearby, all of you that know its fame. Say, ‘Its powerful rule has been broken; its glory and might are no more.’ 18You that live in Dibon, come down from your place of honor and sit on the ground in the dust; Moab’s destroyer is here and has left its forts in ruins. 19You that live in Aroer, stand by the road and wait; ask those who are running away, find out from them what has happened. 20‘Moab has fallen,’ they will answer, ‘weep for it; it is disgraced. Announce along the Arnon River that Moab is destroyed!’21“Judgment has come on the cities of the plateau: on Holon, Jahzah, Mephaath, 22Dibon, Nebo, Beth Diblathaim, 23Kiriathaim, Bethgamul, Bethmeon, 24Kerioth, and Bozrah. Judgment has come on all the cities of Moab, far and near. 25Moab’s might has been crushed; its power has been destroyed. I, the Lord, have spoken.”
Moab Will Be Humbled26The Lord said, “Make Moab drunk, because it has rebelled against me. Moab will roll in its own vomit, and people will laugh. 27Moab, remember how you made fun of the people of Israel? You treated them as though they had been caught with a gang of robbers.28“You people who live in Moab, leave your towns! Go and live on the cliffs! Be like the dove that makes its nest in the sides of a ravine. 29Moab is very proud! I have heard how proud, arrogant, and conceited the people are, how much they think of themselves. 30I, the Lord, know of their arrogance. Their boasts amount to nothing, and the things they do will not last. 31And so I will weep for everyone in Moab and for the people of Kir Heres. 32I will cry for the people of Sibmah, even more than for the people of Jazer. City of Sibmah, you are like a vine whose branches reach across the Dead Sea and go as far as Jazer. But now your summer fruits and your grapes have been destroyed. 33Happiness and joy have been taken away from the fertile land of Moab. I have made the wine stop flowing from the wine presses; there is no one to make the wine and shout for joy.34“The people of Heshbon and Elealeh cry out, and their cry can be heard as far as Jahaz; it can be heard by the people in Zoar, and it is heard as far as Horonaim and Eglath Shelishiyah. Even Nimrim Brook has dried up. 35I will stop the people of Moab from making burnt offerings at their places of worship and from offering sacrifices to their gods. I, the Lord, have spoken.36“So my heart mourns for Moab and for the people of Kir Heres, like someone playing a funeral song on a flute, because everything they owned is gone. 37All of them have shaved their heads and cut off their beards. They have all made gashes on their hands, and everyone is wearing sackcloth. 38On all the housetops of Moab and in all its public squares there is nothing but mourning, because I have broken Moab like a jar that no one wants. 39Moab has been shattered! Cry out! Moab has been disgraced. It is in ruins, and all the surrounding nations make fun of it. I, the Lord, have spoken.”
No Escape for Moab40The Lord has promised that a nation will swoop down on Moab like an eagle with its outspread wings, 41and the towns and fortresses will be captured. On that day Moab’s soldiers will be as frightened as a woman in labor. 42Moab will be destroyed and will no longer be a nation, because it rebelled against me. 43Terror, pits, and traps are waiting for the people of Moab. The Lord has spoken. 44Whoever tries to escape the terror will fall into the pits, and whoever climbs out of the pits will be caught in the traps, because the Lord has set the time for Moab’s destruction. 45Helpless refugees try to find protection in Heshbon, the city that King Sihon once ruled, but it is in flames. Fire has burned up the frontiers and the mountain heights of the war-loving people of Moab. 46Pity the people of Moab! The people who worshiped Chemosh have been destroyed, and their sons and daughters have been taken away as prisoners.47But in days to come the Lord will make Moab prosperous again. All of this is what the Lord has said will happen to Moab.–from Jeremiah 48