Today you should read: Jeremiah 50:17-46
God is a God of justice. He is holy. That means He does not let unholiness reign for too long. There is a point where He asserts Himself and acts. We see this in our passage today as God is judging the nation of Babylon.
It is in this passage we see another aspect of God’s faithfulness but in a way we might not recognize… God’s faithfulness to His character.
There are a lot of reasons why God is going to bring judgment upon the nation of Babylon but we see a big reason in Jeremiah 50:31-32… They are PROUD. Pride is a disease. At the heart of it, pride asserts us to be god over God. It is the ultimate cause of Lucifer’s downfall… it leads to almost every sin. We are to be humble, not proud. We cannot be living in sin and humble at the same time. Sin by definition is arrogant.
James 4:6 says, “Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
God hates pride. Babylon was not just “struggling with it” they were living it through every facet of their being. We are called to be humble.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself. Humility is thinking right of yourself in relation to God’s holiness and your sinfulness.
Babylon was not humble. They were proud. They were oppressing the people of God but God is faithful and just. He is coming to the aid of his people (v.33-34). He is going to redeem them out of the hands of the Babylonians and bring judgment upon Babylon.
He was not doing this because they deserved it but because God is FAITHFUL to His character.
Where do you see pride creeping up in your life? Take a moment and confess it to God and ask Him to bring humility in your life.
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate – College
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