October 10: “Celebrate, but Never Presume Upon, God’s Grace”

4 Minute Read + Scripture readings

TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Jeremiah 14:11–16:15
1 Thessalonians 2:9–3:13
Psalm 80:1-19
Proverbs 25:1-5

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Jeremiah 14:11–12 (CSB): “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Do not pray for the well-being of these people. If they fast, I will not hear their cry of despair. If they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. Rather, I will finish them off by sword, famine, and plague.’”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Over and over in Scripture, God is said to be loving and patient. He reaches out to the sinner and calls him back to Himself.

But, it is a fair question to ask: “Does God’s patience ever run out? It is ever too late to come back to Him?”

Just read our Verses for Today for the answer:

Jeremiah 14:11–12 (CSB): “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Do not pray for the well-being of these people. If they fast, I will not hear their cry of despair. If they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. Rather, I will finish them off by sword, famine, and plague.’”

This attitude by our Heavenly Father is very rare in Scripture. We don’t see it often. We read about it on Mt. Sinai when God told Moses He was going to destroy the rebellious people of Israel and create a new nation. But, Moses prayed and God relented (appeared to change His mind).

More times than not, God’s patience seems to be endless. In fact, we may presume upon it. We periodically engage in sin, once again, because we are convinced that God will once again cleanse us and bring us back into fellowship.

But the truth of Jeremiah 14:11-12 is a very sobering, helpful reminder. If we are saved, we can never lose our relationship with our Heavenly Father. But, it is quite possible that someone could offend God so deeply and so many times that God no longer listens to their supposed prayers of repentance. In fact, there are times when someone’s sin could so offend Him that He decides to cut their life short.

1 John 5:16–17 (CSB): “If anyone sees a fellow believer committing a sin that doesn’t lead to death, he should ask, and God will give life to him — to those who commit sin that doesn’t lead to death. There is sin that leads to death. I am not saying he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin that doesn’t lead to death.”

I have to admit that I don’t fully understand this topic. I don’t fully understand God’s patience or what it looks like when it runs out or what it takes to reach that point of no return.

I simply know what I have seen in Scripture. And it’s enough to sober us up and cause us to celebrate God’s grace – but never to presume upon it.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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