Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 18, 2017

“But you are to cling to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day.” – “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 13:12-27.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+13&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

15 Listen and give heed, do not be haughty,
For the Lord has spoken.
16 Give glory to the Lord your God,
Before He brings darkness
And before your feet stumble
On the dusky mountains,
And while you are hoping for light
He makes it into deep darkness,
And turns it into gloom.
17 But if you will not listen to it,
My soul will sob in secret for such pride;
And my eyes will bitterly weep
And flow down with tears,
Because the flock of the Lord has been taken captive.
18 Say to the king and the queen mother,
“Take a lowly seat,
For your beautiful crown
Has come down from your head.”
19 The cities of the Negev have been locked up,
And there is no one to open them;
All Judah has been carried into exile,
Wholly carried into exile.

20 “Lift up your eyes and see
Those coming from the north.
Where is the flock that was given you,
Your beautiful sheep?
21 “What will you say when He appoints over you—
And you yourself had taught them—
Former companions to be head over you?
Will not pangs take hold of you
Like a woman in childbirth?
22 “If you say in your heart,
‘Why have these things happened to me?’
Because of the magnitude of your iniquity
Your skirts have been removed
And your heels have been exposed.
23 “Can the Ethiopian change his skin
Or the leopard his spots?
Then you also can do good
Who are accustomed to doing evil.
24 “Therefore I will scatter them like drifting straw
To the desert wind.
25 “This is your lot, the portion measured to you
From Me,” declares the Lord,
“Because you have forgotten Me
And trusted in falsehood.”  Jeremiah 13:15-25.

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In today’s Scripture, we read the prophecy of the terrible things that would happen to Judah, because they forgot the LORD and trusted in falsehood.

“This is your lot, the portion measured to you
From Me,” declares the Lord,
“Because you have forgotten Me
And trusted in falsehood.”  Verse 25.

This could happen to us too if we forget the LORD and trust in falsehood.

“Listen and give heed, do not be haughty,
For the Lord has spoken.”  Verse 15.

We never, ever, ever want to forget the LORD.  We never, ever, ever want to trust in falsehood.  We need to recognize the temptations that lead us to wander in that direction.

We may put our work before the LORD.  We are too busy with our work to daily read and meditate on God’s Word.  We are too busy to attend church.

We put our recreation before the LORD.  We want to stay up so late on Saturday that we don’t feel like going to church on Sunday, or we rather play golf than attend church.

We put our children before the LORD.  We go to our children’s soccer games or other sports instead of church. 

We cave into family pressure to attend certain family events instead of church. 

We may stay at a church that has drifted away from truth just because family members or friends attend there.  

We may allow society’s messages (that all religions are equally valid and that adherence to the Christian faith is intolerant and aggressive to others) to turn us away from the LORD and truth.  

Joshua led the people of Israel from the wilderness into the Promised Land.  Despite all that the LORD had shown to the people of Israel, they needed to be warned, and so in His farewell address, here is part of what Joshua said.

But you are to cling to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day.  For the Lord has driven out great and strong nations from before you; and as for you, no man has stood before you to this day.  One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you.  So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the Lord your God.  For if you ever go back and cling to the rest of these nations, these which remain among you, and intermarry with them, so that you associate with them and they with you, know with certainty that the Lord your God will not continue to drive these nations out from before you;  but they will be a snare and a trap to you, and a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the Lord your God has given you.

“Now behold, today I am going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one word of all the good words which the Lord your God spoke concerning you has failed;  all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed.  It shall come about that just as all the good words which the Lord your God spoke to you have come upon you, so the Lord will bring upon you all the threats, until He has destroyed you from off this good land which the Lord your God has given you.  When you transgress the covenant of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, then the anger of the Lord will burn against you, and you will perish quickly from off the good land which He has given you.”  Joshua 23:8-16.

There is no hope in other doctrine which depends on man, man’s will to stay faithful, and man’s work.

But, there is hope in Reformed Doctrine which depends on God, God’s will, and God’s preservation of His saints.

Article 3.  By reason of these remains of indwelling sin, and the temptations of sin and of the world, those who are converted could not persevere in a state of grace, if left to their own strength.  But God is faithful, who having conferred grace, mercifully confirms, and powerfully preserves them herein, even to the end.  FIFTH HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Perseverance of the Saints of Canons of Dordt.

This is “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely;  and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.

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