God warned Israelites not to seek refuge in Egypt after he allowed the Babylonians to invade their land. He warned, through his prophet, that the people would suffer more if they attempt to escape their correction. God added that Israelites remnant would prosper if they follow his lead and stay within their border. Jeremiah prophesied, “‘If you will still remain in this land, then I will build you and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pluck you up. For I relent concerning the disaster that I have brought upon you. Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; do not be afraid of him,’ says the Lord, ‘for I am with you, to save you and deliver you from his hand. And I will show you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and cause you to return to your own land.’ “But if you say, ‘We will not dwell in this land,’ disobeying the voice of the Lord your God, saying, ‘No, but we will go to the land of Egypt where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor be hungry for bread, and there we will dwell’— Then hear now the word of the Lord, O remnant of Judah! Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘If you wholly set your faces to enter Egypt, and go to dwell there, then it shall be that the sword which you feared shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt; the famine of which you were afraid shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there you shall die” (Jeremiah 42:10-16).
God requires his children to accept correction whenever he corrects them. He expects any of his children who has fallen into a temptation accept his (or her) mistake and exercise genuine repentance. A child of God is not expected to be self-righteous. He is expected to be remorseful of his mistake and repent. God is gracious and is ever willing to help any backsladden Christian regain his salvation. He will restore and bless a humble heart! Meanwhile, Christians must understand that we are not allowed to rejoice in sin while we expect God’s to abide! God will freely bless us if we honor him with holiness. In other word, God will bless a Christian that steer clear of a sin than someone else who camouflage in a remorseful exercise.
Those who faithfully serve God will enjoy his ever-reaching benefits in this life, and in heaven also. Obey God and leave the consequences for him!
Dear God, please enable me with grace to stay loyal to you! Help me to serve you in holiness so that I can qualify for your blessing. I also ask that you please make me a humble person who repents from his (or her) mistakes. Help me to yield to correction and follow your restoration pathway! Let the Holy Spirit direct my steps so that I can faithfully walk before you and befit your benefits. Please prosper me in every area of my life, and I will proclaim your goodness throughout the world. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
December 4 BIBLE LIFE
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