WEDNESDAY 28TH JUNE, 2017 READ – DAY: Matt 11; Night: 2 Sam 23-24
THEME: THE LORD’S DEMAND
TEXT: JEREMIAH 4:1-4
HYMN: EMHB 327 – Sinners, turn; why will ye die?
Anything placed in high esteem by somebody or an entity is always given priority. Of course, it is obvious that something tangible must be expected from this prioritised thing. There are many words which can be used to explain the word “demand”. They include ‘a requirement’, ‘a request’, ‘a need’, etc.
As God’s own image, we are required to do certain things which He requires of us. Jeremiah, in one of his prophetic instructions to the children of Israel, admonished them to break up their fallow grounds and stop sowing among thorns.
Fallow ground is a ground which, having been tilled, has remained uncultivated for a long time, thereby becoming hard and lying waste. To break up the fallow ground is to prepare your mind to bring forth fruit unto God. The mind of man is often compared to a ground in the Bible. The Word of God is the seed sown there, the fruit representing the actions and emotions of those who receive it.
God is saying to every one of us that to break up the fallow ground is to bring the mind into such a state suitable to receive the Word of God. He needs a body that is ‘circumcised’ and kept for Him alone; a heart that is directed towards righteousness.
There is a divine call to repentance today. Circumcise yourself, therefore, to the Lord. Live a holy life that in the day of reckoning, your work may be accepted and you will not be thrown into eternal damnation. Remember, heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. Will you be there?
MEMORY: Jeremiah 4:3 “For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: “Break up your fallow ground and do not sow among thorns.” (NKJV)
PRAYER: O! Lord, help me to meet up with Your demand of holy and righteous life so that I may not enter into eternal damnation in the end. Accept this humble request of mine through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.