Text: — Jeremiah 29:19 — For they have not listened to My words,” declares the LORD “words that I sent to them again and again by My servants the prophets. And you exiles have not listened either,” declares the LORD. [NIV84]
The Big Idea: Before we start pointing fingers or elbowing our mates, let us ask ourselves, we must ask ourselves the same question.
If you’re a parent, I’m sure you can relate to the LORD here. He has told His children time and again to live righteously. He has sent them messengers to reveal how they were really living and how they ought to live. But, as recorded in Jeremiah 29:19 (noted above), “They have not listened.” Can you hear Him saying, “How many times do I have to tell you?”
Lifestyle worshipers, before we start pointing fingers or elbowing our mates, let us ask ourselves, “How many times does the LORD have to tell us how to live righteously? How many times does He have to point out how we are living and need to change (aka repent)?” An honest heart search will reveal much. I know in my life it has.
This has been especially so during this past Thanksgiving. I put on our church’s kiosk the saying, “A thankful heart has no room for resentment.” I did so for two reasons: (1) It is true; and (2) I needed to hear this. The LORD has been revealing to me how resentful I have been and that the remedy was a thankful heart. Have you, too, discovered that a thank-full heart has no room for resentment? Your thoughts?
Scriptures to Renew Your Thoughts
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. — Colossians 4:2 (NIV84)
First, I tell you to pray for all people, asking God for what they need and being thankful to him..
— 1 Timothy 2:1 (NCV)
First, I tell you to pray for all people, asking God for what they need and being thankful to him.
— Colossians 3:15 (NIV84)
Lord Jesus Christ, continue Your healing work in my Life, removing those resentments, large and small. In Your Mercy, heal over the scars, and in Your wisdom grant me the grace to live with the ones You have chosen to leave behind. In Your Name, Amen.