Monday, September 14, 2015

Jeremiah 11:18-20 God Defends Those He Calls

KEY TEXT: Jer 11:20 But, O Lord of hosts, who judges righteously, who tests the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause.

KEY THOT: Jeremiah was given the thankless task of preaching the truth to a people who would ultimately reject not only the message but the messenger as well. Jeremiah called Judah to repentance but to no avail. He lived to see the temple and the city of Jerusalem razed to the ground and its entire population deported to Babylon. When the Lord revealed to Jeremiah the evil plot against his life, his response was: “let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause” (v.20). 

Jeremiah did not try to defend himself nor rationalize his actions. He knew who gave him the message and committed himself to the Lord who would defend and avenge him if he was taken captive by his enemies.

When our life work is a result of God’s call upon our lives, not just our own personal choice and preference, we can stand firm in the faith that the One who calls us will also stand behind and in front of us. As believers, God is ultimately our Boss, whether we work in secular organizations (public or private) or in religious organizations (para-church or church). If we believe God has placed us in a particular work environment, then we must also believe that He will defend us if we have committed our daily decisions into His hand. So Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Prov 3:5-6).

I need to ascertain through prayer and bible reading that my decision is from the Lord. And once I’ve made them, I will commit every decision into God’s hand, no matter what people’s reaction or response may be. Even if I fail or am rejected by the people, I have the confidence that God will defend and justify me. And if anyone plots evil against me, God himself will take vengeance against that person and frustrate their plan. I don’t have to defend myself or justify myself before anyone except the Lord. For ultimately, He is the Boss to whom I am accountable.

Father, I commit everything I do, think and say into Your hand today. May every decision I make today be inspired by Your Spirit so that I know that You will back me up when others oppose my decision. Amen.

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