Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Tuesday, June 23rd: Jeremiah 48-49, Philippians 1 ~ Nathan
Chapter 48 is about the judgement of Moab. This was a city that also didn't obey God.
7." Since you trust in your deeds and riches, you too will be taken captive..."
Moab was proud of itself,
29. “We have heard of Moab’s pride — how great is her arrogance!— of her insolence, her pride, her conceit and the haughtiness of her heart."
Pride and arrogance can bring any of us down. It's so easy to gain, but gets a hold of us and hurts us before we know it. Thankfully God is a forgiving God.
47. " “Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come,” declares the Lord. Here ends the judgment on Moab."
In chapter 49 it talks first about the wrongs of Ammon and again this section ends with verse 6 " “Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites,” declares the Lord"
Later on we read again about how God restores Elam,
39. " “Yet I will restore the fortunes of Elam in days to come,” declares the Lord"
Even though God is angry and carries out terror on His people for the wrongs they've continually done, He forgives and restores. I want to forgive easier.
We've had an incident happen in my extended family that has made some of us angry, but I have to remind myself that this anger can't last forever and I need to look for restoration and reconciliation. At this stage I don't feel ready for this, but I know I need to get there with God's help. I'm thankful for the examples He's shown about forgiveness.