Drought in the land
Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty man that cannot save? yet thou, O LORD, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not.
We know there is a great drought in Maharashtra India and places are not getting water for days and weeks. This was the same situation for the people of Judah during the time of Jeremiah and when we read chapter 14 we see the people preaching another God and another message of Him. The land was full of prophets who preached pleasing messages which the Lord had not said. And we see the Lord got angry with them and caused drought in the land. This drought was so terrible that people were on the verge of death.
All most all the preachers you meet today are become like the prophets during the time of Jeremiah. They all want to preach a 'blessed' message. They want to tell everybody how good God is and how merciful He is, everything else of the Lord they stack away to be hidden or ignored by the people. That is why the lives of the people do not change only they get into religious rituals. Even their prayers become a ritual, they can pray for hours and hours and it comes natural, out of habit for them.
God is telling the people stop prophesying water or solutions to the drought. The Lord is telling the leaders preach the Lord in the Bible and not a lord of their dreams.
Just a day or two back someone posted a message about the disciples of Jesus which was false so I commented with the truth and I had people commenting back saying why I was making weak the testimony of Jesus.
People have made the Bible like a Hindi film story they add mirch-masala into it to make it look dramatic, simple to understand and pleasing to the human mind.
Please, God does not need our editorial skills. It is God's Word for the salvation of man and not for the entertainment of man. What it is, it is and should be that way; it should not be added to or subtracted from.
We see in Jeremiah chapter 14 at the end when the people prayed for peace with the Lord they were saved. Let us too correct ourselves and pray for peace with God so that this drought ceases to exist.
One may think will it rain or how will the water come? How or how much, is not what we need to worry, when the Lord gives even the ground will open and gush out water that meets our need.
Today I encourage my brethren living in Maharashtra and other places experiencing drought or natural calamities to walk the path of the Lord as the Lord has set it, that they do not create an easy side path, that they repent from their ways and ask for peace with the Lord.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are our Creator and Provider, You alone are Father. Lord, we pray for the people who are experiencing drought in Maharashtra and other places. We pray your peace into their lives, we pray your forgiveness and mercy. Lord, we pray the souls not be crushed in your wrath. We pray that they receive their provision of water...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
Jeremiah 14:2-3, 11-16, 19-22
2 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
3 And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they came to the pits, and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads.
11 Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good.
12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.
13 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.
14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
15 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
16 And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them.
19 Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion? why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!
20 We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee.
21 Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.
22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things
Revelation 22:19 - And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
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