Tuesday, January 25, 2022

RETURNING GOD’S CALLS

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 5-6

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Here is part of an ancient road that is located in the Old City of Jerusalem. An artist depicts what the rest of it might have looked like from the time of Jesus. How tragic that such a beautiful city should be reduced to rubble with its people either killed or taken as slaves.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Jeremiah 6:10

To whom shall I speak and give warning,

That they may hear?

Indeed their ear is uncircumcised,

And they cannot give heed.

Behold, the word of the Lord is a reproach to them;

They have no delight in it.

 

Jeremiah 5:21-25 is God’s attempt to communicate with His people in Jerusalem. He says, “Hear this now!” We bring disaster upon ourselves when we fail to listen to God’s Word! It’s not His fault! It’s ours! Jeremiah and a few others heard God, but the political leadership and the majority would not listen.

In our key verse in Jeremiah 6, God seems to be giving up after many attempts to communicate. The time comes when God resigns Himself to allowing the stubborn free will of people to prevail. He’s not wanted, and He won’t force Himself on them, which would reduce His people, made in His image, to being puppets and robots who are forced to do His will. God knows when He is not wanted and He withdraws. The communications breakdown is never at God’s end of the line. People hang up on Him!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, You promised that You would answer when I call You! You said, and I quote You, “Call to Me and I will answer you!!!” (Jeremiah 33:3). I’ve heard that reference called, “God’s telephone number.” I pray that You will keep me alert to hear You and to answer when You call me! I hear You calling me now and I hear Your voice as I read Your Word to me through Jeremiah. I say, “Yes Lord, I hear You!!!” Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

For the first 15 years of Crossroads television, the Lord sent in enough money to pay all our bills to cover the costs of the 30-minute weekly Crossroads show and the 30-minute Circle Square show for children. Never did I mention money on TV. When we signed the contract for release of the daily 100 Huntley Street telecast, I was shocked to hear what I believe was the voice of God saying to me, “David, you are going to have to ask for people’s support on TV. I don’t have enough people who take the time to hear My voice to raise the necessary funds for this expansion.” I was dumfounded, but said “Yes, Lord.” One way or the other, God made sure that bills were paid and that His Name was honoured by that fact. But that’s a very small thing compared to the failure to listen to God on the part of the people of Jerusalem, who were not only failing to pay attention to God, but who had deliberately disobeyed Him after they had heard His words through Jeremiah!

Yours for listening quietly, carefully and obediently to God’s Word!!!

David

Below is a picture of the big rock in front of the Crossroads Centre. The words on the plaque (see caption) are from Jeremiah 6:16, the New International Version translation. Instead of the word “ways” inferring a crossroads as in the NKJV, it actually uses the word “crossroads” in the NIV. This is an essential message from God to each one of us.

The plaque below the big rock outside the Crossroads Centre in Burlington reads, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16).

19 thoughts on “Tuesday, January 25, 2022

  1. Father, thank You for all those who listen , trust and obey You. Be magnified in and through each one, Lord, I ask in Jesus’s great name, amen

  2. Good morning bloggers. This morning for the first time in a long time I woke at 6:00 and prayed for one hour, mostly in the Spirit. God is so good, as I am realizing that I have “backslid” in my prayer life. What a difference when I read todays chapters, they were so alive! I had been dreading the book of Jeremiah, as I have thought of it as so heavy and long. When I read the first two days readings I was felt distracted and discouraged, but today was so different. Praise The Lord, thank You Lord. Blessings on you all and thank you for the thoughts you share.

    • Wendy that is so encouraging and exciting, thank you for sharing!
      I felt the same way about the book of Isaiah which we finished a week or so ago.
      I didn’t want to admit it but I somehow dreaded reading it, but this last time around with David’s blog the book just came alive and I felt I grew so much, each day I was looking forward to the reading.

      I think I learned in a greater way as David has blogged about…resist the devil and he will flee….. I learned that discouragement need not control me!
      May God Bless you and each blogger today with His peace and health and strength.

      • So happy to hear about your experience, Wendy. Yes, the book of Jeremiah can feel “heavy “ but it is a wonderful narrative about God’s heart of love toward His people.
        For anyone having trouble reading it, I suggest trying a different Bible version that may be easier to understand.
        Wishing everyone a blessed day!

  3. A beautiful picture of the Crossroads building. Such an amazing ministry which is still ongoing. Blessings on all today. Jeremiah 33: 3. If discouragement tries to rear it’s ugly head, dial God’s number!

  4. Thank you all for posting Prayers , personal experiences re. studying the Word, and for the Scripture readings.
    All have been very encouraging.
    Thankful that we can ‘call on Him,’ and ‘walk in the good way.’

    • I am so glad that Wendy and Anne shared their hearts with us this morning. What a blessing and encouragement to be on this blog.
      God bless each and everyone.
      11 Timothy1:7 For God has not give us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
      It is good for us to remember this as you are going through Covid.
      Eleanor M

    • Amen Laur.
      I would like to post an update on my health.
      I passed all 3 of my heart tests, thank you Lord!
      It was very encouraging news for me indeed.
      Praise our Lord Jesus in whom we trust, Amen!

      Continuing to pray for all on this blog, that our
      Lord God would fulfill their every need, in Jesus’
      Name, Amen. Psalm 130: 7.

  5. Yes thank you all for the encouraging prayers and comments. Much a appreciated.
    Has been raining steady all day into the evening all night “. Our park has had a run of a type of virus. Like sinus and cold symptoms. Low grade fever. Lasts three days. Pray for us here in American Condo. Florida.
    To God be the glory. I asked Jesus if he would be my sunshine today. I believe He said yes.

  6. Praying for you folk, Nan, and for Beverley. May you all be strengthened, touched by our Lord, and returned to health and strength. Amen

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