HAS GOD DESERTED US?
God's Prayer Power - Session 9
Our verse today is: Jeremiah 8:19
"Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the Lord in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities?"
What is meant by the word Behold? It is saying listen.
Listen to what? The voice. The cry of God's people.
Where are the people dwelling? A far country.
What question are the people asking? They want to know where God is.
What next do they ask? They want to know if He has deserted them.
What does the Lord answer with? Why have my people provoked me to anger with their graven images (idols) and with strange vanities (evil rites)?
What three words or thoughts reach out to you? To me they were:
Crying - In distress
Help - Unable to withstand
God - Encompassing
In Psalm 34:17 it says, "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; . . ."
The people are in a far country, and they are crying because they feel like God is not there with them.
Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our protection and source of strength. He is always ready to help us in times of trouble."
The people know they are not able to withstand all the things happening to them but they know God can help them and protect them. So they are wondering where He is. They feel He may have deserted them.
God truly can and will help His people. But these people have not been true to God in their actions and behaviors. They have strayed and become worldly and taken up with idols and evil doings. Yet even so, they are expecting God to save them.
If you look and it carefully, you wonder why the people did not realize that God had not deserted them, but they deserted God? Why did they go off and choose to worship idols, knowing it was wrong. Why did they permit themselves to act in sinful and evil ways? If they would but repent and turn to God, that is all it would take and follow after Him.
When you get off on the wrong track, do you recognize it? If so, do you immediately, repent and turn to God asking for forgiveness and turning back to Him or do you continue down that path?
Bring us oh Lord back to
Allow us to blush and be
Aware of what is
Spiritually right and what is
Help us to turn away from the
Daily cultural pleasure-
Centered values. Move in our
Church, don’t let it mirror worldly
Values or cultural values. Help our
Chuch’s to encourage believers to
Live scripturally. We ask you to
Restore our morality and Christian
Standards in our society.
This week let us spend time reading Jeremiah 8 and listen to what God is saying to us.
If any of you would like prayer, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions or comments, feel free to comment below.