Read Jeremiah Chapter 32
Jer 32:32 The people of Israel and Judah have provoked Me by all the evil they have done—they, their kings and officials, their priests and prophets, the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem. 33 They turned their backs to Me and not their faces; though I taught them again and again, they would not listen or respond to discipline.
God’s chosen people were a stubborn lot. We have heard and read of the many times they were warned against disobedience but failed to heed His instructions. Aren’t we glad that we aren’t like that! Hah! That is exactly what we have done, time and time again. We are a fickle people. Despite that, God doesn’t just turn away and let His chosen people continue to stray.
Jer 32:37 I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in My furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. 38 They will be My people, and I will be their God. 39 I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear Me for their own good and the good of their children after them. 40 I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear Me, so that they will never turn away from Me. 41 I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all My heart and soul. 42 “This is what the LORD says: As I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will give them all the prosperity I have promised them.
Let us remember that in the OT, the Jews were God’s chosen people. We could discuss whether they still are, or not, but that’s not important. We need to know that in today’s time, Christians are His chosen people. We are living in the age of the Gentiles. Just as the Lord disciplined the Israelites, He disciplines Christians today. We actually don’t have to endure His disciplines. We could just listen to Him, obey Him, and avoid some of our troubles. In this world, we all will have troubles, but we also have the opportunity to avoid some of them.
Verse 32 tells us that God does not tolerate evil in the lives of His people. God was provoked by their disobedience. Therefore, they were given over to the Babylonians (in this case), and spent 70 years in captivity. It didn’t have to be. The true prophets of their day presented them with many opportunities to repent. Verse 33 says that they turned their backs instead of their faces to Him, and they failed to listen to or respond to discipline.
We know what is right concerning the issue of same-sex attractions. We must control them and resist them every time they confront us with temptation. It is a difficult battle; I don’t have to tell you that. If we do not, we will suffer –worse than the suffering we endure by resisting. That is the bad news, but it also is the good news. Our sufferings are designed to bring us back Him. His disciplines are for our own good. If we have truly believed and are attempting to follow Christ, verses 37-42 are just as true for us as they were for the Israelites.
- We will be God’s people, and He will be our God.
- He will give us singleness of heart and actions.
- We will always fear Him (revere, respect, and yes, even fear). That is for our own good, and for others whom we influence.
- We have an everlasting covenant with our Creator.
- He will never stop doing good to us.
- There will come a time when we will never turn away from Him.
This should warm our hearts! All of these promises are ours. We know they are ours, because we have felt God’s hand upon our lives. We have endured some of His disciplining. We know that we cannot continue to indulge our fleshly desires. We cannot find permanent satisfaction in same-sex behaviors. Those outside of His family are not concerned over their waywardness. We are! That’s very good news!!
Prayer: Thank You for not allowing us to continue in sin. Thank You for Your disciplining. And most of all, thank You for these great promises.