October 31 Pretty Scary

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Lamentations 4:1-5:22;  Hebrews 2:1-18;  Psalm 103:1-22;  Proverbs 26:23

Children begging for bread…

    mothers eating their children…

people lying in ash heaps…

    traps…stalking…

fevered hunger….

   prowling wild animals…

A scene from a horror story?

Yes.  Jeremiah the Old Testament prophet records what he sees as Jerusalem lays besieged by foreign enemies…a once glorious, prosperous city now lying in decay, death and impending doom.

All because of sin; all because God’s people had turned their backs away from Him; all because they lusted after false idols, putting their faith and trust in anything and anyone other than the God of all creation.

Pretty scary.

I’ve lived apart from God’s ways.  By my own choosing I sought to do things “my way.”  False idols lined my spiritual shelves and I pursued worldly goals rather than God.

God allowed the consequences of my sin–He held the mirror of His law before my eyes–and when I looked, I saw Jesus–I saw the cross and by God’s grace–I got the message:

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.  He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;  he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”  Psalm 103:8-12

Life without God is pretty scary, but through Jesus, “perfect Love casts out all fear.” 

Lord God, Jeremiah lived through terribly scary times…he saw much suffering…the consequences of a nation’s rebellion and lack of faith in You and Your Word.  Lord, you look down from Heaven and see even today all those who turn their backs on You and reject your truth.  It’s scary to see the consequences of rampant sinful living all around us.  Give us courage and strength to live lives pleasing to You.  May the joy of your Salvation shine in us who believe and provide light for this dark world.  For Jesus’ sake we pray, Amen.

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