Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 3 - 4
Verse of the Day: Jeremiah 3:4 – “Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My Father, thou art the guide of my youth?”
The Hebrew word 'allûph is usually translated as “friend.” In this section of Scripture we read today, the importance of this word is that the nation of Israel was expecting special treatment because of their friendship with God. They were living totally unashamed before God in their wicked and evil ways. And yet, since He was their “friend” He would overlook it and bless them anyway. The prophet is telling them that God does not work that way.
Is He a friend to sinners? Yes. Does He bless us even though we don’t deserve it? Yes. Can we presume upon this grace and mercy and live how we feel without consequences. No. There will come a point that God will deliver the justice and judgment on those who ignore His ways.
Prayer: Friend of sinners, I come repenting of my ways, I seek to walk in Your way today.