Never Giving It a Second Thought

This has been a day of examining myself. When I read today’s chapters, I asked myself a whole load of questions.

Jeremiah 23:14, “And the Jerusalem prophets are even worse – horrible – sex-driven, living a lie, subsidizing a culture of wickedness, and never giving it a second thought. They’re as bad as those wretches in old Sodom, the degenerates of old Gomorrah.” The Message

Do I subsidize wickedness? Do I examine my life regularly?

Ezekiel 16:49, “The sin of…Sodom was this: [They]…lived…in the lap of luxury – proud, gluttonous, and lazy. They ignored the oppressed and the poor.” The Message

Am I caring for the oppressed and the poor? Or, am I leaving it to the government? Am I proud? Do I overeat? Am I lazy?

Jeremiah 23:38, “But don’t pretend that you know all the answers yourselves and talk like you know it all. I’m telling you: ‘Quit the “God told me this…God told me that”…that kind of talk.’ ” The Message

Do I pretend to have all the answers? Am I a “know-it-all?” Do I present everything as: “God told me?”

Jeremiah 27:17, “Don’t listen to them. Submit to the king of Babylon and live a long life.” The Message

Do I listen to everything on Facebook or in the news? Am I submitting to our country’s highest authority or rebelling against him? Do I pray for President Trump as fervently as I prayed for President Obama? Am I praying for the elections in November?

Jeremiah 27:22, “[They]…will…stay there until, in God’s words, ‘I take the matter up again…’ ” The Message

A president stays in office until God moves him. The reward for honoring authority is a long life.

Daniel 2:21, “He changes the seasons and guides history, He raises up kings and also brings them down, He provides both intelligence and discernment.” The Message

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