More sin, more judgment, more destruction, and a little more restoration – just like yesterday – only the names have been changed. Yesterday we read about the judgment God was planning against Egypt, the Philistines, and Moab. Today, we read what was in store for Ammon, Edom, Damascus, Kedar and Hazor, Elam and the big one – Babylon. God saw their sins and would be bringing judgment and destruction to their lands.
There is one sin that is mentioned again and again.
“Why do you boast of your valleys, boast of your valleys so fruitful? O unfaithful daughter, you trust in your riches and say, ‘Who will attack me?'” (Jeremiah 49:4 NIV).
“The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you” (Jeremiah 49:16 NIV).
“See, I am against you, O arrogant one” (Jeremiah 50:31 NIV).
It may come by many names – boasting, pride, arrogance – but every time it is a sin worthy of judgment.
How could the pride of your heart be deceiving you?
A few weeks ago I was preparing a devotion for posting and I was looking for a background photograph for a verse referring to Hezekiah’s pride (2 Chronicles 32:25). I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for – but figured I would know it when I saw it. So I typed in that I wanted to see photos of pride and I started scrolling. and scrolling. and scrolling. You of course are smarter than I and know what I ran across – over and over again. I am pretty sure there were thousands upon thousands of options for gay pride – rainbows, couples, signs, and more rainbows, a lot of rainbows (when did they get to hijack the symbol of God’s promises?). There was also the occasional national flag or beaming, proud parent pictured with her perfect child. But, there was NOTHING there to indicate that pride is a sin, a deadly sin worthy of judgment. Finally, I opted for the proud peacock as my photo background and shook my head at dismay over what we have become – a culture that celebrates and basks in pride. Are we any different from the countries of Jeremiah’s day? Arrogant, boastful, flaunting sin and deceived by pride. Can we expect anything less than what Jeremiah foretold for these sinful nations?
What about on a personal level? It can be overwhelmingly depressing to think about trying to fix all the evils of a nation – but what can I work at fixing about myself? Where do I let pride puff me up so I no longer care for others or about what God says? How is my use of social media contributing to the spiraling problem of pride? How is pride connected to so many other sins?
It is time to see our pride and sin for what it is – and treat it as the deadly gangrene it is. Don’t be led astray and deceived by pride. Jump down from your high horse and humble yourself. You aren’t as much as you think you are. For God has promised judgment for the proud and arrogant. He has also promised restoration and forgiveness for those who humble themselves – “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV)
Today’s Bible reading can be read or listened to here – Jeremiah 49-50
Tomorrow we will finish the book of Jeremiah with chapters 51-52 as we continue searching God’s Word in our 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan