23 “Am I a God near at hand,” says the LORD, “And not a God afar off?
Today’s Inspiration: Jeremiah 23:23 God challenged us by asking whether He is a God of nearby and not a God far off and verse 24 He asked us if anyone can hide in secret places so that He cannot see us. Didn’t He fill the heaven and the earth when there was nothing at all.
As I meditated on these words, the Lord reminded about the Body of Christ’s failure on obedience. We need to be careful in obedience as it leads to unique consequences. Tribulation is near as He reminded us of Jesus’ warning to His disciples in Matthew 24:21 of the coming tribulation that the world has not seen before.
Yet in Revelation 3:10 He said He will keep us from the hour of trial to test those who dwell on earth.
To qualify for His protection, we need to patiently obey despite persecution. We need to seek the Lord, inquire from Him on our decision making process and dependence on Him as priority in life. We need to keep His commandments, and seek humility and righteousness and act in compliance with His revealed will. Zephaniah 2:3. Even those with little significance should not be overlooked.
Samson should have guard his boastful ways in his lips. He gave away the secret of his strength through his lips. How true proverbs 13 is! He who guards his lips guards his life. He who speaks rashly will come to ruin. This holds true of Samson who was enticed by Delilah to speak out the secret of his strength unaware that she was bribed by the Philistines to entice him. Let us all take heed of God’s voice to avoid the landmines of the enemy. Our lips either bear fruit or be ruined. Proverbs 13:2.