September 29, 2017
Read Jeremiah 36:1-32
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Scripture: Jeremiah 36:23-25- After Jehudi would read three or four columns, the king would cut them off the scroll with his pocketknife and throw them in the fire… until the entire scroll had been burned up… Neither the king nor any of his officials showed the slightest twinge of conscience as they listened to the messages read. Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah tried to convince the king not to burn the scroll, but he brushed them off.
Observation: At God's command, Jeremiah had his country's long list of sins written down on a scroll, hoping the detailed synopsis would move his people to repent and turn back to God. Instead, the king burned the scroll in defiance.
Application: Ever ignored advice from what you know to be a trustworthy source simply because it wasn't what you wanted to hear in the moment, or ran counter to what you'd already decided to do? God encourages us to take advantage of the wisdom he offers through Scripture, prayer, and the counsel of others. Are we seeking his guidance daily? Or, continuing to do what is right in our own eyes? What does love require of me?
Prayer: Abba Father. Thank you for showing us a better way. A way that honors others while glorifying you. Help me keep my own wants & desires secondary to yours. As a grateful response to the great love you've already shown me. O Holy Spirit, speak into my heart today. Amen.
Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.
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