“If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.” Jeremiah 18:7-8.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Jeremiah 18-20, Psalm 96, and John 16.
Can the Bible be believed? I certainly hope so!
God is telling Israel and Judah the way out of the disaster He has planned for them.
How does this fit in our lives? We can do something about impending disasters: Repent of the evil we’re committing.
If I am living in sin, I can be fairly certain that there will be consequences. If I repent of my sins, God can change the result those sins were leading me into.
He can turn the storms of live away from us.
If I want God’s protection, I must be right with Him. Am I guaranteed a life of happy times? Certainly not. But I must not resign myself to disasters. Instead, I must get myself clean before Him and claim this “turning around” Scripture. In today’s verses, God was willing to change His mind about an upcoming disaster if the intended recipients of that disaster would get clean with Him.
“Lord, I must never underestimate You. You love me so much that You provided a way for me to escape my sins’ consequences. Help me to fully trust You with every part of my life. I want that cleanness before You. You amaze me, Father.”
God can change His mind if we will change our ways.