Pastor Tim Romero
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Jeremiah 50:20 (ESV): "20 In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, iniquity shall be sought in Israel, and there shall be none, and sin in Judah, and none shall be found, for I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant."
Just as disciplining a child is meant to produce obedience and holiness in the heart of that child, so too is the discipline of God meant to produce obedience and holiness in the hearts of His people. He gives His kids spiritual spankings to remind us that His ways are the right ways and to guide us back to the path of righteousness. Discipline is then meant to be a blessing and not a curse.
In Jeremiah chapters 47-50 God proclaimed judgment upon the wicked nations that have oppressed Israel including that of Babylon. Is it interesting that God can use a wicked nation for chastisement upon His people and then judge them at the same time for what they have done. It's insane how in control God is, He allows wickedness to exist and then even uses it to accomplish His purpose but in the end, He will judge all who stand against Him and His people.
Israel on the other hand is promised prosperity and peace by the Lord if they will turn their hearts back to Him. The promise they are given at the end of seventy years of chastisement is holiness and obedience. That is all God is after, a heart that will love and honor Him above all else. He will do what He has to get us to realize this but the endgame is obedience and Christ-likeness. Be thankful for His consistent chastisement for it is truly the most loving thing He could do to a wayward people and in the end, it will make us more like Jesus if we let it. Amen?
Father, we come in brokenness to You this day. Forgive us for our disobedience. Change our hearts to desire to do the right thing when we are tempted. May You become our sole pursuit and when we mess up help us to be quick to acknowledge it, turn from it, and confess it to You. We know You discipline those whom You love. May we love You back by giving You what You deserve, wholehearted obedience and not lip service. Have Your way we pray in Jesus name, amen!