Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 17, 2017

“For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 13:1-11.

“Thus the Lord said to me, “Go and buy yourself a linen waistband and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water.”  So I bought the waistband in accordance with the word of the Lord and put it around my waist.  Then the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, “Take the waistband that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a crevice of the rock.”  So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord had commanded me.  After many days the Lord said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates and take from there the waistband which I commanded you to hide there.”  Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the waistband from the place where I had hidden it;  and lo, the waistband was ruined, it was totally worthless.

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Just so will I destroy the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.  This wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless.  For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘that they might be for Me a people, for renown, for praise and for glory;  but they did not listen.’”  Jeremiah 13:1-11.

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From today’s Scripture, we read the LORD’s prophecy of what He will do to Judah and Jerusalem who refused to listen to His words.  

Thus says the Lord, ‘Just so will I destroy the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.  This wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless.”  Verses 9-10.

And, from the following Scripture, in addition to the negative consequences of refusing to listening to the LORD, we read positive consequences of listening to the LORD. 

“Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you;
O Israel, if you would listen to Me!
“Let there be no strange god among you;
Nor shall you worship any foreign god.
10 “I, the Lord, am your God,
Who brought you up from the land of Egypt;
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

11 “But My people did not listen to My voice,
And Israel did not obey Me.
12 “So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart,
To walk in their own devices.
13 “Oh that My people would listen to Me,
That Israel would walk in My ways!
14 “I would quickly subdue their enemies
And turn My hand against their adversaries.
15 “Those who hate the Lord would pretend obedience to Him,
And their time of punishment would be forever.
16 “But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”  Psalm 81:8-16.

But, as much sense as it is to listen to the LORD, we will still not listen to the LORD unless it has been granted to us from the LORD to listen to Him.

60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement;  who can listen to it?”  61 But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble?  62 What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?  63 It is the Spirit who gives life;  the flesh profits nothing;  the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.  64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.  65 And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”  John 6:60-65.

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