Thursday, January 25, 2018

RETURNING GOD’S CALLS

Today’s┬áReading: Jeremiah 5-6

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

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).

8 thoughts on “Thursday, January 25, 2018

  1. I wonder if anyone has an update on baby Judah for whom prayer was requested on this blog, some months back.
    Our church has been praying for him and we are wondering how he is doing.

    Wishing everyone a blessed day!

    • I have a card where I recorded the prayer request on Thurs. Oct. 5, 2017 from Eleanor M…

      “Praying for 8 month old “Judah” requiring chemo as his white blood cells are low..must be careful due risk of infection…must continue treatment every Friday for 2 years. Tumour was growing in His head again… Praying for young parents.”

      My prayer at the time was:
      For God to encourage and strengthen his parents
      intervene in Judah’s little life.
      as Jesus said, “suffer the little children to come unto me”..so, I am bringing Judah to Jesus to touch his life with His healing hand,
      ..shrink the tumours…to zero..
      give doctors or caregivers the skill, wisdom, knowledge in his treatment..bring a miracle of healing
      covering him with the precious blood of Jesus”

      This is still my prayer as, I presume, little Judah continues to receive chemo treatment…

    • Luisa. I just got this update on Saturday but have been busy looking after my husband after his back surgery. So grateful your church and so many others are praying for little Judah The message was a. Update on what has happened in the past 6 months. Judah was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour about six months ago. Since then he has had surgery snd 17 chemo treatments. He is home at present but will have ongoing care at the sick kids hospital.. He just celebrated his 1st birthday and! In a picture I saw he was smiling. He has a scar running from the back of his head to the front, but still looks very cute. God is good and I feel he will remove the tumour completely. Blessings to all. Eleanor M.

      • Thank you Eleanor and Samuel for your responses.
        We will continue to pray believing to get a report that little Judah is healed, in Jesus Name.

        God bless and strengthen you, dear Eleanor as you care for your husband and may God heal him completely!

        Blessings to all!

  2. Thinking about the key verse how the Word is a reproach to them and they have no delight in it. Trying to get people to appreciate and love the Word and take time to read it. I am enjoying reading my Messianic Jewish Family Bible. God is good.

  3. Agreeing in prayer with David…Lord to hear you and listen and obey, is my desire, to hear His heart. Amen!

    Appreciate the photos, and Davids sharing…thank you!!

    A beautiful sunny day in this part of the world…Have a blessed day saints!!

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