July 19 – Blessed to Be a Blessing to the Nations of the World

Jeremiah was the next prophet God used to try to get the attention of His straying people.  It is interesting that along with strong admonitions, Jeremiah’s conversations with the Lord are also recorded in God’s Story.  Jeremiah’s ministry lasted nearly half a century and he is known as the weeping prophet.

“O Israel,” says the Lord, “if you wanted to return to me, you could. You could throw away your detestable idols and stray away no more… Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world, and all people would come and praise my name.”  Our Heavenly Father pleads like a loving parent yet His children ignored Him and in doing so they missed the opportunity to be a blessing to the nations of the world!  They passed on their turn to bless.  And not only did they miss out on being a blessing, but things go from bad to worse as chapter after chapter, year after year, hard stubborn hearts refused to return fully to God who loves them.

Contrary to Buddhist thought, we only get to live once; let’s take our chance to bless while we can.  How will we be used by God to be a blessing to the nations of the world?  He can only use us when we yield to Him and when we let go of the things we value more than God.  In our day and time, idols are not necessarily carved from stone or wood, but boy do we have things that are important in our eyes that may distract us from seeing the Lord clearly.

Jeremiah 4:1-2b NLT