Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional For August 22, 2019 : TOPIC - WHERE IS THE FEAR OF GOD?

Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional For August 22, 2019 : TOPIC - WHERE IS THE FEAR OF GOD?

THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2019
TOPIC - WHERE IS THE FEAR OF GOD?
READ: JEREMIAH 5: 14-31 (NKJV)
14. Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “Because you speak this word, Behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire, And this people wood, And it shall devour them.
15. Behold, I will bring a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel,” says the Lord . “It is a mighty nation, It is an ancient nation, A nation whose language you do not know, Nor can you understand what they say. 

16. Their quiver is like an open tomb; They are all mighty men.
17. And they shall eat up your harvest and your bread, Which your sons and daughters should eat. They shall eat up your flocks and your herds; They shall eat up your vines and your fig trees; They shall destroy your fortified cities, In which you trust, with the sword.
18. “Nevertheless in those days,” says the Lord , “I will not make a complete end of you.
19. And it will be when you say, ‘Why does the Lord our God do all these things to us?’ then you shall answer them, ‘Just as you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve aliens in a land that is not yours.’
20. “Declare this in the house of Jacob And proclaim it in Judah, saying,
21. ‘Hear this now, O foolish people, Without understanding, Who have eyes and see not, And who have ears and hear not:
22. Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord . ‘Will you not tremble at My presence, Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, Yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.
23. But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart; They have revolted and departed.
24. They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the Lord our God, Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.”
25. Your iniquities have turned these things away, And your sins have withheld good from you.
26. ‘For among My people are found wicked men; They lie in wait as one who sets snares; They set a trap; They catch men.
27. As a cage is full of birds, So their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have become great and grown rich.
28. They have grown fat, they are sleek; Yes, they surpass the deeds of the wicked; They do not plead the cause, The cause of the fatherless; Yet they prosper, And the right of the needy they do not defend.
29. Shall I not punish them for these things? ’ says the Lord . ‘Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?’
30. “An astonishing and horrible thing Has been committed in the land:
31. The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?

THE MESSAGE:
God delights in those who fear Him (Psalm 147:11). The fear of the Lord brings enlightenment and understanding (Proverbs 1:7). Events in our society today show that many people who call themselves people of God, no longer fear Him. The consequence is the rise in evil in our societies.
Jeremiah was required to remind the children of God of the dangers that result from their foolish and senseless ways of forsaking the Lord for idols. One notable danger was that such people become lifeless, like the idols (verse 21). God always rebukes such people for them to forsake their foolish ways for their own good and blessings (Malachi 1:6, 3:16, 4:2).
The lack of the fear of God is very noticeable in our society today as evil now reigns in many places.
How can we do so that the fear of God will dominate our lives and the things we do? We need to know that God is Almighty. He created and holds everything in check (verse 22).
The favour and blessings of God will be poured out upon us only if we can restore the fear of God in our lives (verse 24).

PRAYER: Lord, may Your fear so dominate me that I will be kept away from evil, only by Your grace. Amen.
Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional For August 22, 2019 : TOPIC - WHERE IS THE FEAR OF GOD? Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional For August 22, 2019 : TOPIC - WHERE IS THE FEAR OF GOD? Reviewed by Abodunrin Muyiwa (Muyilight) on August 22, 2019 Rating: 5

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