Pay Back Time
Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi
Text: Jeremiah 21:1-14 (KJV)
Key Verse: “But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it” (Jeremiah 21:14).
If a man takes a fellow man for granted, it is sufficiently provocative. How much more God for granted? When a man has committed sacrilege and has thereby offended the Almighty and yet assumes that nothing is wrong or pretends as if nothing happened, such a person invites the indignation of the all-seeing God.
Zedekiah, king of Judah and Pashur, the priest and his accomplice in evil-doing, had not only committed sacrilege before the Lord but had also persecuted Jeremiah the prophet. Here, the king sent to request Jeremiah to enquire from the Lord concerning their current affairs. In spite of his wickedness and disregard for God, he hoped for positive response and action from the Lord. God’s response must have taken this erring king by suprise because it was judgment against all his evil doings. God proposed to use Zedekiah’s own weapons of war, the enemies’ army and divine power against Zedekiah and his people. He said, “… I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and a strong arm…”. The king, his lieutenants, and subjects were not spared the ordeal of the impending judgment. The Lord gave fatherly counsel to the “house of David” and all who wanted to escape the impending judgment to make right their ways.
God knows every minute detail of what every man or woman does for or against Him and shall requite it at the appropriate time. Pretending that nothing is amiss or taking God for granted by asking Him for favour in spite of unrepented iniquity will only draw His just recompense and judgment. Engaging in mere religious observances while glossing over our wrongdoings does not cancel the recompense for the wrongdoing.
We must ensure that we maintain a cordial, righteous relationship and walk with God daily, if we want to continue to enjoy His favour.
Thought For The Day: Whatever a man sows he shall surely reap.
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