Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Louder than Words

The LORD told me to stand by the gate of the temple and to tell the people who were going in that the LORD All-Powerful, the God of Israel, had said: Pay attention, people of Judah! Change your ways and start living right, then I will let you keep on living in your own country.  Don't fool yourselves! My temple is here in Jerusalem, but that doesn't mean I will protect you.  I will keep you safe only if you change your ways. Be fair and honest with each other.  Stop taking advantage of foreigners, orphans, and widows. Don't kill innocent people. And stop worshiping other gods.

Jeremiah 7: 1 - 6

God will not bless a nation for simply claiming to trust in Him.  The old saying “Actions Speak Louder than Words” is certainly true in every way!  These verses make me think of my own country.  We are certainly guilty of not being fair and honest with each other.  We take advantage of foreigners by allowing them to cross our border illegally and then using them for cheap labor and fraudulent votes in some cases, all the while blaming them for many of our problems.  We also take advantage of orphans and widows by giving them a small subsidy which keeps them locked in poverty and afraid to attempt to escape it’s chains as we vote to limit their opportunities to break free!  And we kill innocent people by the droves even before they are born!

Don’t look for a leader who only speaks the right words!  Words mean nothing unless they are accompanied by right Actions!  The place to start is in your own life.  If what you do is pleasing to God, what you say will be easy.  But if you speak the right words and then live the wrong way you will be called a hypocrite!  

“Lord Jesus, help me to know what to speak this day, but more importantly lead me to the actions that bring Glory to You and to the Father!  May You be Praised forever.  Amen.”

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