Scripture: Jeremiah 4-6. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Jeremiah was a prophet to Judah, also an intercessor for the people. Intercession is the act of praying to God on behalf of others. Jeremiah had ministered under Judah’s last five kings, and he confronted many people with their sins. He told people to break up the hardness of their hearts and to listen, turning back to God. However, he felt discouraged due to a lack of response from the people. God had promised to rescue Jeremiah from the troubles that came about, but He did not keep trouble from coming. God had warned the people that the destruction coming was certain, but He promised that the faithful people would be spared. Follow along in Jeremiah 4-6!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Jeremiah told the people to break up the hardness of their hearts, but they refused to listen. Their hearts had grown hardened to God’s will. Old habits and hidden sins in our lives can be uprooted and rejected. Also, we must be sure to remove the sin that hardens our hearts if we want to live God’s way in life. God is always committed to those who are faithful to Him. God wants us to be honest and close with Him. He knows everything about us, and no sin of ours ever goes unnoticed. We must set good examples for others around us. God had promised blessings to the people for obedience and destruction for disobedience. We must listen when God is speaking to us, always following His guidance and direction for our lives. Obedience is key. Sin does not go away just from denying its existence; rather, we must confess our sins to our Heavenly Father, admitting that we have sinned, and ask Him for His forgiveness. Our God is a very loving and forgiving Father. God is molding us into the people He wants us to become. We must thank Him on a daily basis for all that He is doing in our lives.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Jeremiah and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.