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EGG-HEADED-NESS

There are two verses tucked into today’s Old Testament reading in Ezekiel that, while spoken years ago to Israel, could equally be spoken to much of the American church today. The passage is terrifying, violent and vengeful because of God’s anger at the nation’s idolatry and trust in the strength of other nations. “Moreover, you played the harlot with the Assyrians because you were not satisfied; you played the harlot with them and still were not satisfied. You also multiplied your harlotry with the land of merchants, Caldea, yet even with this you were not satisfied.” (Ezekiel 16:28-29)

Much of today’s church seems to be seeking satisfaction, strength and security from egg-shaped offices. And, while certainly the church is commanded to pray for and respect the leaders the Lord has placed in politically powerful seats, her struggle is not against flesh and blood and neither does her strength and protection come from flesh and blood. Israel forgot WHOSE she was and, as a consequence, began trusting in the strength and protection of her political alliances.

Trusting in the protection of military might or political power is foolishness. The psalmist wrote, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, OUR God!” (Ps. 20:6) Jesus said that satisfaction comes from a relationship with Him and that He will provide ‘springs of living water springing up to eternal life’ in the one who seeks Him. Photo ops in egg-shaped offices are fine but trusting in that office to provide and protect is egg-headed! 

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HOPE IN THE MIDST OF _____?_____!

In today’s text, Jeremiah (Lam. 3) calls God’s faithfulness “great” and finds His mercies “new every morning”. He trusts the Lord ‘has his back’ even as he walks through dark days (v.2), has lost peace, happiness and strength (v.17-18), and does not even feel his prayers getting through (v.8). Jeremiah is called the ‘weeping prophet’ and for good reason. 

But how is Jeremiah able to maintain his trust in God’s goodness in the midst of this difficult journey?  Because he trusts in the sovereignty of God!  Verse 38 reads, “Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both good and ill go forth?”. He knows nothing happens that the Lord has not brought to pass (3:37)!  The church could use a bit more of this teaching and this trust these days!

It is a curiosity that, while living in the most prosperous nation in the history of the world and where we are free to express our faith freely, believers wallow in self-pity and defeat.  We decry our lot. We allow depression to own us. We fear our future because of our today.  But as God came to Jeremiah so He comes to us and says, “Do not fear!” (3:57).  He is in control. He has extended to you victory. He will never leave you alone. He’s got your back!  May we walk through our today in the light of the truth of His sovereignty!

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