And it shall be that when they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you are to tell them, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Those destined for death, to death; And those destined for the sword, to the sword; And those destined for famine, to famine; And those destined for captivity, to captivity.”’
Therefore, thus says the LORD, “If you return, then I will restore you—Before Me you will stand; And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, But as for you, you must not turn to them.
This may seem like and odd passage to start a blog of Daily Thoughts. Typically we like verses that encourage and inspire us to greatness. Thoughts that will enable us to face the challenges of the day. We do not usually spend time meditating on the inevitable judgement that faces the world as we prepare for the days work.
When I was reading this passage this morning I was comforted. I was comforted to know that God is not sitting idly by allowing the world to run its course. There is accountability. There is judgement. There is hope.
My response to the inevitable accountability of God is the same as the response of Jeremiah. I turn to God recognizing that He is the one that will take care of me. I say like Jeremiah, "Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;" realizing that it is only through His Word being in the very depth of my being will I begin to understand His mercy and grace.
With His Word firmly entrenched in my thoughts and actions I will be able to be restored by our God. I will be able to "extract the precious from the worthless" as I begin to see this world through God's wisdom and understanding. Sitting here today without God I can only see the agonies and failures of this world. With His Word in my life I can begin to see His hand in everything.
Yes, as I see His hand at work I will see the inevitability of judgement. And yet that same inevitability is what gives me hope because God has promised to restore me through His Word. He has promised to give me the insight to extract the precious from the worthless. He has given me the privilege of being his spokesperson. And as His spokesperson I can be used by Him to be a part of the deliverance from judgement of those who will turn to Him. I am part of the inevitable picture.