Common Sense REBORN Devotion

August 15

18”I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth, a curse and an object of horror, of scorn and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them.”  (Jeremiah 29:18)

COVID (plague), famine (crises in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen), and the sword (which of course has evolved into the gun:  numerous places around the world).  Reading the Book of Jeremiah with our current world crisis strikes a certain nerve, at least with me.  It does seem like we are marching closer and closer to the end of days.  Which is perfectly fine with me!  Jesus, Jesus, please come back!  Tomorrow would not be soon enough.  Let’s finish this, finally put evil in its place and end these turbulent times.

The return of Jesus and the end of days should never be something that scares you, but rather the moment in our future we are looking forward to.  Unfortunately, according to the Book of Revelation, things here on Earth are going to get a lot worse before we get to the day when the King of Kings appears on clouds of lightning.  

So what do we do in the meantime?  Sit at home, cradling our Bible and praying for safety and survival?  By heavens no!  We need to continue to emulate Jesus:  get out to the most marginalized and bring them salvation through the Word of Christ.  Help those in need any way you can.  Spread nothing but joy.  As the world fars deeper and deeper into chaos, that means there are more and more opportunities for us to do amazing acts in His Holy name.  The harvest is here.

Both Mrs. Z and I found motivation from the verses in Jeremiah 29.  You can read her much more uplifting analysis over at her blog, Goodness Gravy Boats.

Below you’ll find a new release from Ms. Abby Robertson, an emerging, beautiful voice who just released her debut EP.  LIttle Bit More is a perfect reminder that in this broken world, we don’t have to be the one to change the world, but if we all give a little bit more, together, as God intended us to be, we will change the world.

Reading plan:  1 Timothy 1:1-11

Deeper reading plan: Jeremiah 29, 30


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