The land is full of false prophets, urging people to “Keep Calm and Carry On”, if you will. As I read this, something resonated with me: it is hard to discern who to listen to. There are so many opinions, so many interpretations of the times, so many ideologies, theologies and philosophies. How can we know which voice is of the LORD? Who is our Jeremiah? Which prophet can we trust?
Again, it circles back to Scripture. Jeremiah was citing the Torah and reinforcing patterns and characteristics of a steadfast LORD, who does not change and hasn’t back down from His end of the covenant. He still speaks hope, but it’s a deeper hope, maybe even a confusing one:
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘the LORD our righteousness’.” (23:5-6)
It’s no wonder Israel was awaiting a military take down and not a meek and mild Jesus. What do you mean He will be called “our righteousness”?
The Bible is both simple and complex. The God of communication made Himself clear and knowable. In moments of confusion, inundated with perspectives and contrary positions, we must remain anchored in the character of God. Know His patterns, promises and perspective. He is both infinite, seeing time and creation from beginning to end, and intimate, sufficient for every detail and moment.
He is consistent. Remembering yesterday’s passage where He says, “isn’t that what it means to know Me?” (22:16) Begs us to pay attention to what’s important to Him. He repeats Himself constantly. “He has shown you, O man, what is good, and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) I feel I’m constantly repeating myself in this blog because God is constantly repeating Himself. Humility! Obedience! Justice! Mercy! Kindness! Etc!
What are some characteristics of God that stand out to you? How do they anchor you in truth? What are some false ideologies, theologies and philosophies you may have been sucked into?