26/8/11 Jeremiah 50-51; 3 John
S: Jeremiah 51:18-19 Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies! On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed. But the God of Israelt is no idol! He is the Creator of everything that exists, including his people, his own special possession. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name!
O: For 49 chapters, Jeremiah declared that the Lord was handing Judah over to the Babylonians and that the Babylonians would be victorious. But now suddenly, we find Jeremiah predicting the future fall of the Babylonian empire to the Persians. And even before that, Nebuchadnezzar would have to humble himself before the Lord, as we can read in Daniel 4.
A: As Paul pointed out in Romans 8:31-39, if God is for us, who can be against us? We are more than conquerors, even while the world considered us as sheep to be slaughtered. Nothing can separate us from the love of God!
So, when we face opposition to our following Christ, we can and must stand firm. Christ is King! We do not have to fear those who can merely kill the body, but not the soul. (Matthew 10:28)
P: Father, strengthen us to be steadfast in Christ. In Jesus' name, amen.