Daily Devotionals
Week of May 20 through May 25, 2019

MEMORY VERSE

Jeremiah 29:11
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord,
plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
MONDAY                                           Jeremiah 1:4-9
The book of Jeremiah is an amazing book of prophesy for the people of God. It is the longest book by word count and can be a very difficult book to study and understand because of its layout, use of poetic language and varying timelines. However, it is one of the most important books because it is set during one of the most dramatic times in Israel’s history. Jeremiah begins after the fall of the Assyrian empire and spans a 40-year period during the rise of the Babylonian empire. Jeremiah is 16 in 627 B.C. when he is called to be a prophet for the Lord and preaches repentance for God;s children to turn away from worshiping false gods and return to the one true God. Jeremiah warns them that if they do not turn back to God then Jerusalem will be destroyed, and temple razed to the ground. They ignored God’s messenger and in 587 B.C. the temple and Jerusalem were destroyed.
Prayer: “God, you are a merciful God, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Help me to hear, follow, and proclaim your message of love and repentance so we don’t fall into destruction. Amen”
 
TUESDAY                                            2 Chronicles 34:1-7
During the time of the Assyrian empire, Jerusalem began to worship the gods of the Assyrian’s. They even went so far as to move the alter of the Lord to one side to make room for altars to the Assyrian gods. They lost the law of Moses and for 50 years couldn’t find it. Josiah was 8 years old when he became king and when he was 20, he began to purge the temple and Jerusalem of all false gods and found the law of Moses. This is when the Lord raised up the prophet Jeremiah to work alongside King Josiah to reform Jerusalem.
Prayer: “God, help me to be faithful to you, even in the face of overwhelming opposition. Help me to also recognize those you have raised up to proclaim your truth and encourage the youth who follow you. Amen”
 
WEDNESDAY                                        1 Timothy 4:12
Timothy was young when the Apostle Paul put him over the church in Ephesus and he was having trouble with people not listening to him because of his youth. It can be difficult to listen to instruction from someone who is much younger than you are, but we see throughout scripture that God routinely raises up people in their youth to proclaim His word. We need to support our young people who are called to follow God. They have a unique fire for the Lord that can ignite the passion of God’s Church.
Prayer: “Jesus, you taught us to bring forth the youth because the kingdom of God belongs to them. Help me to see your truth in them. Amen”
 
THURSDAY                                             Jeremiah 19:14-15
For 20 years Jeremiah has prophesied God’s message of repentance and turning away from false idols. At first, they just laughed at him, then they became irritated at the message he was proclaiming until finally they simply told him to shut up. But Jeremiah wouldn’t be silenced and new he realizes that they are not going to change. The problem isn’t so much their sin as much as the fact that they have stiffened their necks and refuse to even listen to God’s Word anymore. We can only ignore God for so long until he steps aside and allows evil to overtake us.
Prayer: “Jesus, you came to redeem us. You gave your life so we can be forgiven. Help us to not become so stiff necked that we can no longer turn back to you. Teach me your will and help me to follow you. Amen”
 
FRIDAY                                                   Jeremiah 20:7-9
Following Jeremiah’s warning in chapter 19, Pashhur, the high priest, has Jeremiah beaten, stripped naked, and placed in stocks at the main gate for everyone to see. He leaves him there until the next day when he finally releases him. Following his release, Jeremiah is discouraged and writes a psalm of lament to God. All Jeremiah wants is to have a normal life and to be liked by his family and friends. The message God has for him to share leads only to hardship and persecution, but it is the message God’s people need desperately to hear. Jeremiah knows this which is why in verse 9 he cries out “within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones”. We need to have a ‘burning fire shut up in our bones’. God has a mission and a message for each of us to share but you have to look for where God wants you to stand! Find that ‘fire in your bones’. God has a mission and a message for each of us to share but you have to look for where God wants you to stand! Find that ‘fire in your bones’ and stand for God.
Prayer: “Jesus, you showed us that true love takes courage. It is so easy to give into fear and ignore the fire you have for us. Give me the courage to follow you and not give up. Amen”
 
SATURDAY                                                Matthew 5:11-12
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” If you think following Jesus is easy, then you are not really following Jesus. The reward is well worth any risk or sacrifice you may have to make.
Prayer: “Jesus, you knew the risk. You knew the sacrifice. Thank you.”