Today you should read: Jeremiah 21
In our text today we get to see first hand the consequences of sin and ultimately the judgment that our sin can bring upon ourselves. King Zedekiah (a wicked king) had sent word to Jeremiah by two priests (v. 1) to inquire about King Nebuchadnezzar, who was King over Babylon, and his planned attack against them.
King Zedekiah was expecting the same good news from Jeremiah that Isaiah had given King Hezekiah. He was expecting for God, even in his sin, to deliver him and the people. But it is not in God’s character to continually bless and protect wickedness. God is holy. His character is quite the opposite.
King Zedekiah forgot something… You cannot sow bad things and expect to reap good things. God is gracious. So, sometimes He continues to bless us, even in our sin, when we don’t deserve it. But eventually, He will stop. He has to. Or he would not be holy.
Galatians 6:7 reminds us… “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that he will also reap.”
King Zedekiah was playing with fire and expecting not to get burned. We can clearly see this in his life. But we often do the same thing. Remember, what we sow, we will reap. This is a principle and ethic that is carried through every aspect of life… including our relationship with God.
Even though they were going to go into exile… into Babylonian captivity… because of their sin, God did offer them hope. He offered them a chance to live. He did to them what He does to us. He set before them life and death and gave them a choice. We are not robots. God does not make us live in obedience. He says, “No matter what you feel, this is what will bring life, choose it. Love it. Pursue holiness.”
What are you sowing in your life? What are you reaping?
What do you want to reap? What do you need to sow to see that harvest?
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate – College
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