Thursday, August 21, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Jeremiah 23:16-24
16 Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the LORD. 17 "They keep saying to those who despise Me, 'The LORD has said, "You will have peace"'; And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, They say, 'Calamity will not come upon you.' 18 "But who has stood in the council of the LORD, That he should see and hear His word? Who has given heed to His word and listened? 19 "Behold, the storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath, Even a whirling tempest; It will swirl down on the head of the wicked. 20 "The anger of the LORD will not turn back Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart; In the last days you will clearly understand it. 21 "I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied. 22 "But if they had stood in My council, Then they would have announced My words to My people, And would have turned them back from their evil way And from the evil of their deeds. 23 "Am I a God who is near," declares the LORD, "And not a God far off? 24 "Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?" declares the LORD. "Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the LORD.
Too many time, people will try and pass of their own opinions as God's word; I'm probably guilty of doing that myself from time to time. However, those who do that on purpose put themselves and the people they are misleading into serious danger. God's not a distant Deist deity; He's in the house. He's approachable. One of the things that happen on crucifixion day was that the veil to the Holy of Holies was physically ripped in two. Before, only the high priest could see God face-to-face. Now, anyone can. Don't be afraid to ask God about stuff; he's big enough to handle the smallest thing.

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