Visitation and Funeral will be at Baue Funeral Home in O'Fallon.
Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 20 3-6pm
Funeral is Monday, Sept 21, at 9am with Burial to follow at Jefferson Barracks at 11:15
"Let us destroy the tree and its fruit;
let us cut him off from the land of the living,
that his name be remembered no more."
20 But you, Lord Almighty, who judge righteously
and test the heart and mind,
let me see your vengeance on them,
for to you I have committed my cause.
Jeremiah is in the middle of great turmoil here. His own hometown, Anathoth, and the people he knew very well are plotting against him. His own church wants to kill him. He is only preaching and proclaiming what the Lord has given him. He isn't doing anything wrong. It is a classic case of blame and kill the messenger.
Yet, Jeremiah finds strength and courage for he says, "20 But you, Lord Almighty, who judge righteously and test the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them, for to you I have committed my cause." He has given it all up to God. he knows that what he has been doing and saying is from god and so to back away or to do differently wouldn't help but only hurt him and his people. So he has committed his cause to the Lord.
Do you know that what you are doing is right? If it is, then commit it to the Lord. Set your course to follow him and keep on doing it despite the worldly opposition you face. If it isn't now is the time and the perfect opportunity to repent. Turn from your wrong ways and turn to the Lord. Don't keep going in the wrong direction. Turn today!
The other thing here is that Jeremiah doesn't take vengeance. He doesn't repay evil with more evil. Instead, he submits that to the Lord too. He wants vengeance. He wants the people to pay, but he knows that it is not good or right for him to be the one to do it. He's happy to let the Lord take care of that.
Don't let bitterness, rage, anger, or malice even spend one minute in your heart. Get rid of it. Forgive as you have been forgiven. Give it all up to God and he will direct you.
Let up pray: Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, nor take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the JOY of your salvation and uphold me with Your free Spirit. Amen.
TODAY'S QUIZ: Who was Elihu, in the book of Job, and what was different about him compared to the others?
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