Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 45-48
Today’s Reflection: Jeremiah 48:14-16
14) “How do you say, ‘We are heroes and mighty men of war’? 15) The destroyer of Moab and his cities has come up, and the choicest of his young men have gone down to slaughter, declares the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts. 16)The calamity of Moab is near at hand, and his affliction hastens swiftly.
In Jeremiah chapters 46 to 51 God reveals to His prophet His judgments against the nations surrounding Israel and Judah for their sins and wicked acts (like Moab). From the specificity and detail with which Jeremiah articulates the things they have done which displeased God, and His specific punishments against each nation, it becomes increasingly clear that God has seen every single act the people of these nations have committed and when He renders judgment it will be decisive and appropriate.
For years Judah and Israel saw many of their neighboring countries engaging in sinful practices with no visible consequences. Some must have thought it unfair for God to hold them to such a high standard while other peoples got away with murder (sometimes literally).
All this time God was always keeping account, desiring that all peoples would come to know Him and seek repentance, but ready to execute judgment at the right time.
When we look at our world today and see the evil people get away with instead of getting frustrated we should remember three things. First that God is patient with the wicked because He desires that all sinners repent and be saved:
Romans 2:4 – Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
Second, the wicked at one time included us too:
Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
And finally, that God is keeping a record of every wrong and will someday set everything right for once and for all.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 – For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
Abraham once asked of God, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do what is just?” (Genesis 18:25).
The answer is: yes, He shall.