Choose Life – “Land Ho!” – An Uplifting Verse from the OYB reading of the day – October 14

Scripture:  Jeremiah 25:11  NASB   “Land Ho!

“This whole land will be a desolation and a horror, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.”  Jeremiah 25:11  NASB

 

This is supposed to be an “uplifting” blog.  Jeremiah 25: 11 might seem like a strange choice of a verse for an uplifting devotion.  But let’s think about it.

The Babylonian captivity of Judah for seventy years was a result of Judah failing to follow God’s law.  They were supposed to let the land rest from farming every seventh year (cf. Lev. 25: 3-5; 26:34 -35; 2 Chr. 36:20-21).  They were disobedient in that regard for 490 years.  God had promised the land relief and gave it to them (Lev. 26:34-35).

God keeps His promises to a “T.”  Or as Jesus would say, He will fulfill every apostrophe and every little piece of a letter of His Word (Mat. 5: 18).  That is good news for us.  (Wait till we get to Daniel’s prophecy in Dan. 9:24-27.  Man, is that exciting!)

Whenever you pull out a promise from Scripture, you can be sure that God is going to keep His Word.

Here are two for starters:

“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).

” . . .  My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  (Phil. 4:19).

If you want some solid ground to stand on, you can find it in the Word.

Trust one of God’s promises today.

 

If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!

Fun Application: 

Do you believe what God says in His Word?  Do you believe He means what He says?  Do you, really?  Gal. 6: 7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”  That means good stuff and bad stuff.  Do you believe God really sees what you do as well as what you propose in your heart?

Think about that and then think about things you might want to change in your life.  We are accountable for our lives (cf. 1 Thess. 4:1; Rom. 14:12).  We are to be good stewards (cf. Luke 12:42-43).  Just as Israel was held accountable, we will be held responsible as well.

After my son was born, I sat on a plane next to a child psychologist.  I asked him what the most important thing was that I could teach my son.  He said I should teach him to be responsible.  Do you think God expects anything less of us than to be responsible for the lives he has given us?

 

The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day.  There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:  Babbling On And On

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