God's Word For Today
Read Jeremiah 49:1 through 50:46
The Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City is a few hundred yards from an Assemblies of God church. For years, one prisoner observed people arriving on Sunday mornings. When his time behind bars ended, he made his way to join with those who were gathering to worship. With tears he exclaimed, “I always wondered what it would be like to be on the inside here.”
“In those days, at that time,” declares the Lord, “the people of Israel and the people of Judah together will go in tears to seek the Lord their God” (Jeremiah 50:4).
Sin takes captives to places no one wants to go. But God in His mercy provides a way to freedom, through repentance and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. The people of God had wandered far from God’s will and suffered the tyranny of Babylon. When God brought judgment on their captors, the people sought refuge in the Lord. God used the time of bondage to prepare the hearts of those who would return to Him. Instead of being bound to sin, the people were ready to bind themselves to the Lord.
Thought for Today: Deliverance from captivity is an opportunity to seek God.
Quicklook: Jeremiah 50:1–5