God wants us to have willing and humble hearts. The question keeps coming up regarding meat that has been offered up to an idol: Should you attend meals where such meat is served, or not? We sometimes tend to think we know all we need to know to answer these kinds of questions—but sometimes our humble hearts can help us more than our proud minds. We never really know enough until we recognize that God alone knows it all. - 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (MSG)
This week we have looked at the topic of Truth and Consequences. I pray we have learned it's better to be blessed by obedience than having to pay the penalty for our disobedience.
I love this teaching from Matthew Henry on Jeremiah chapter five; Unhumbled
hearts are ready to charge God with being unjust in their afflictions. But they
may read their sin in their punishment. If men will inquire wherefore the Lord
doeth hard things unto them, let them think of their sins. The restless waves
obeyed the Divine decree, that they should not pass the sandy shores, which
were as much a restraint as lofty mountains; but they burst all restraints of
God's law, and were wholly gone into wickedness. Neither did they consider
their interest. While the Lord, year after year, reserves to us the appointed
weeks of harvest, men live on his bounty; yet they transgress against him. Sin
deprives us of God's blessings; it makes the heaven as brass, and the earth as
iron. Certainly the things of this world are not the best things; and we are
not to think, that, because evil men prosper, God allows their practices.
Though sentence against evil works is not executed speedily, it will be
executed. Shall I not visit for these things? This speaks the certainty and the
necessity of God's judgments. Let those who walk in bad ways consider that an
end will come, and there will be bitterness in the latter end.
Be wise today and always - seek the heart and mind of Christ.