Ever noticed the pendulum of life? Ever seen people swaying back and forth? Ever heard people’s opinion changing? What about those in authority? Are they trying to do what is right? Are they trying to do what is good? Are they trying to do what is just? Are they living under the same rules and laws as the rest of us? Are they trying to live outside of the rules and laws that were put in place for everyone to obey? What should happen? What’s going to happen? It’s all under God and His authority!
Do you realize that the consequences go beyond just them? Do you realize the nation has to suffer through the consequences too? Do you realize how the nation is living today? Do you realize that the nation may have contributed to how things are? Do you realize the consequences can be attributed to the people as much as to the leaders?
What if the instructions to the leaders was:
‘Execute justice and righteousness. Rescue the one who is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor. Do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the fatherless or the widow. Do not shed innocent blood in this place.
–from Jeremiah 22:3
Do you realize the benefits and the consequences? The benefits are:
if you really carry out this word, then through the gates of this palace will enter kings sitting on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses—himself, his servants, and his people.
–from Jeremiah 22:4
The consequences are:
if you will not obey these words, I swear by Myself,’ declares Adonai, ‘that this palace will become a ruin.’
–from Jeremiah 22:5
So we aren’t invulnerable! We do have to make good choices! If we don’t we will have to deal with the consequences of those decisions!
God is the arbitrator! He knows how we have lived! Nothing is hidden from Him! God sees all of the world, for the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, on it, and over it! Would you want to put yourself in a position where something like this was said:
Oy to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his roof-chambers by injustice, that makes his neighbor work without pay, never giving him his wages, who says: “I will build myself a big house with spacious rooms and cut out my windows for it, and panel it with cedar, and paint it with vermilion! Did you become king just to be striving with cedar? Did your father not eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness? Then it went well with him. He pled the case of the poor and weak, so it went well. Is not this knowledge of Me?” It is a declaration of Adonai. “But your eyes and your heart are only on your unjust gain, and on shedding innocent blood, and committing extortion and fraud.” Therefore thus says Adonai about Jehoiakim son of King Josiah of Judah: “They will not lament for him, ‘Oy , my brother!’ or ‘Oy , sister!’ They will not lament for him, ‘Oy , master!’ or ‘Oy , his majesty!’ With a donkey’s burial will he be buried, dragged off and thrown outside the gates of Jerusalem.
–from Jeremiah 22:13-19
God found justice when people were sent out! God found justice when people turned their hearts back to God! God found justice when His people were mistreated! So let’s live today looking to do the work God has purposed for us to do! Let’s not grow weary in doing good! Let’s love God and love our neighbors (people)!
Let’s turn back to God! Let’s give our cares and our worries up to Him! Let’s not give up! Let’s trust in Him! Let’s invite His light into this dark world! Let’s invite His light into our lives so that it can clean and sanitize our lives! Let’s invite His light to help clean up the mess that can be seen and that is unseen! Let’s invite His truth into the situation to help lead us and guide us! There is no need to be downcast, we just need to put our trust in God!
God can use our lives even when it feels like we’ve been shipwrecked! God can use our lives even when the world can seem against us! God can use our lives and our pain and suffering to transform not only the thoughts of others but also their lives! It’s sometimes in our toughest times that God can use us to help others! So don’t worry about the trials and troubles, the challenges and pains – put your trust in God! Allow Him to be able to work in you and through you for the glory of His kingdom! Wherever we go, we should be spreading the good news!
So let’s walk in humility and boast about God! Let’s allow His power to reveal in our weakness! Let’s live in a way that brings God all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name.