A Note from Pastor Rall: In Dependence on God

The Old Testament reading for this Sunday, Jeremiah 28:5-9, describes Jeremiah’s determination to proclaim God’s Word to the people of Jerusalem and Judah, even though it is a message no one wanted to hear, because it was a message of impending judgement and gloom.  It was a word describing God’s judgement upon His rebellious people.  In chapter 19 we hear these words:

“Because the people have forsaken Me and have profaned this place by making offerings in it to other gods whom neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah have known; and because they have filled this place with the blood of innocents…in this place I will make void the plans of Judah and Jerusalem and cause their people to fall by the sword before their enemies…Thus says the Lord of hosts; so I will break this people and this city as one breaks a potter’s vessel, so it can never be mended.” (Jeremiah 19:1-11)

Despite the people’s confidence in their own security, God reminds them that He was in control and that they were dependent upon His favor and blessing.

One can almost imagine Jeremiah’s message being addressed to our nation at this time in our history.  America has turned its back on the true God, made offerings to other gods, and shed the blood of countless innocents.  As we celebrate our INDEPENDENCE, it would be good for us to remember that we are really IN DEPENDENCE ON GOD.  He can uproot, tear down, and destroy any nation much as a potter’s vessel can be broken.

As a nation we have much to be thankful for, but also much of which we should repent.  It is important to be reminded that we are ultimately dependent upon God for His grace, His mercy, and His love.  May we strive always to be faithful to Him who called us.  America is richly blessed, but not divinely chosen.  Those chosen by God are called out from every nation, tribe, people, and language.

Pastor Rall