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365 Devotionals: Tears For God’s People

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

The Seeds of Promise Devotional Series

If He Says

18 Then Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father and have kept all his commands and have done according to all that he commanded you, 19 therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Jonadab the son of Rechab shall never fail to have a man (descendant) to stand before Me always.”’” Jeremiah 35:18-19 AMP

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Bible Basis

August Book Read From Read To Devotional
24th Jeremiah Chapter 34 Chapter 36 If He Says

Memory Verses

18 Then Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father and have kept all his commands and have done according to all that he commanded you, 19 therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Jonadab the son of Rechab shall never fail to have a man (descendant) to stand before Me always.”’” Jeremiah 35:18-19 AMP

Key people

Here is a list of key people found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Jeremiah. Also called the “weeping prophet”. One of the major prophets of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. According to Jewish tradition, Jeremiah authored the Book of Jeremiah, the Books of Kings and the Book of Lamentations, with the assistance and under the editorship of Baruch ben Neriah, his scribe and disciple.

Today’s Devotional Reading: Jeremiah 34 – 36

Jeremiah 34 Amplified Version (AMP)
Jeremiah 35 Amplified Version (AMP)
Jeremiah 36 Amplified Version (AMP)


Reflection

If you cannot keep it, it is better that you not make a vow to the Lord. A vow is a sacred thing in His eyes. In today’s reading, the Children on Judah remembered the word of the Lord that their forefathers should have let their servants go from bondage in their seventh year of servitude – the year of jubilee. Although their fathers disobeyed God, the hearts of this generation were not hardened and upon remembering the word of the Lord, they did indeed let their servants who had served six years, go free for this was to be their seventh year.

I am not sure how it happened or why, but for some reason the Children of Judah – this new generation, decided that they had not done wisely in letting their seventh year servants go. They instead took them back into servitude and did not again release them as it was mandated of the Lord.

Because the Children of Judah turned back on their vow to let the seventh year servants go free, God was angry with them. They had dishonored their relationship of trust and faithfulness with God. They had broken their vow even after once being soft hearted toward the servants.

Since the Children of Judah broke their vow, they brought destruction on themselves. When we make a vow to God, it can sometimes be out of a shallow place, such as “if you just do this, God, then I promise I will…” Those promises are sometimes made in fear of the moment. Then, when safety is again stayed, we forget or consciously choose not to fulfill the vow.

I have been guilty of making a vow that I have not kept. All i can do now is hope and pray for forgiveness that God will not be angry with my rash statements in a near-death experience that I had. I now understand how much God cares about the words we say and whether or not we follow through with them.

If we hope to please God, we have to at some point finish chasing feelings and become rooted and grounded in His word in order that we might not sin against Him. We have to choose to trust when the way looks less than bright and comfortable. We have to release others from the debts they owe to us, that we may be forgiven of the debt we owe to our almighty God. We have to be open to His voice and if He says no, we have to wait. If He says deliver the servants, then we have to honor His divine plan for freedom knowing that what we set free delivers our own souls from bondage. We just have to let His Spirit lead us.

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