Jeremiah 49

Jeremiah 49 has the prophet speaking truth about the Ammorites, the people of Edom, folks in Damascus and those in Elam.  The results are going to be pretty much the same for all  – God is not happy and is going to destroy them.  Sin certainly gets in the way and turns blessing into destruction.  God tells all of these places their pending fate.  It varies by place, but the end result is the same.  God is going to clean up things. He is going to wipe out those who have chose to follow their own interests and ignore Him.

Jeremiah boils it down to this: they “trusted in her treasures, saying, ‘Who will come against me”.  We as humans can certainly get a false sense of security when we depend on self.  We build up our own treasures and create our own little kingdoms and believe that we are large and in charge.  We are not, in any way shape or form, in charge of anything.  In fact we are absolutely dependent on God alone.  But we create a false sense that no one will come to destroy us because we’ve had some success and believe we can do it alone.

We have a very real enemy who is out to kill, steal and destroy us.  And he often does that by getting us to believe in self over God.  He convinces us that we can do it alone. We don’t really need God after all.  The truth is that is a lie.  There is none like God.  There is no way we can stand and take control of our own patch.  But we buy into that lie.  We allow power, possession and position to get the best of us, and we push God off the throne of our lives and put self in His place.  And then it goes bad, really bad, just like we see here.  God isn’t amused.

The reality is that God alone sits on the throne.  “I will appoint over her whomever I choose. For who is like me? Who will summon me? What shepherd can stand before me”?  No one is like Him.  No one can summon Him – He summons us.  No one can stand before Him with any authority.  We can only come to Him on our knees pleading for His grace and mercy.  God alone is God.  Have you got Him where He belongs in your life?  Is He on the throne, or are you creating a situation where He will have to come and clean things up?  Much better we do it ourselves and put Him where He belongs keeping self out of the way!

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