Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.” vs. 9

Jeremiah 28:7-9

Jeremiah was suspicious of the prophet Hananiah. It might well be true that Hananiah’s placating message was from the Lord–if so, they’d soon find out. But in Jeremiah’s experience the true prophets always called for repentance and change, and if our scriptures can be trusted, he was right! The problem is that we don’t really like being told that we need to change–we like it best when we’re told we can keep on doing exactly what we’ve always done. Some have even come to believe that this is the message of Jesus, and that when he tells us that he loves us as we are, we don’t really have to change! Of course, as any member of AA could tell us, that notion is poppycock! We know this too from our own experience. Some of the people we love the most need big-time repentance in their lives, and a prophet like Jeremiah will do them far more good than another Hananiah. The same is true for those who are concerned about the environment. We don’t need folks who tell us that our old habits are just fine and that it’s okay to keep on doing the same as we have always done. Granted, true prophets can be obnoxious–and change is never easy. But even if we aren’t prophets ourselves, it’s always wise to listen to those who are!

Thought for the Day: What changes do I feel called to make?


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