REPOST Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by the then (2013) staff of Kairos Christian Church in San Diego, was first posted on July 27, 2013.
Devotional Thought for This Morning
“What Do You Find Security In?
O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple, they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble. 2 They have given the dead bodies of your servants as food to the birds of the air, the flesh of your saints to the beasts of the earth. 3 They have poured out blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury the dead. 4 We are objects of reproach to our neighbors, of scorn and derision to those around us. 5 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire? 6 Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the kingdoms that do not call on your name; 7 for they have devoured Jacob and destroyed his homeland. 8 Do not hold against us the sins of the fathers; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. 9 Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. 10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants. 11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you; by the strength of your arm preserve those condemned to die. 12 Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the reproach they have hurled at you, O Lord. 13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.
What do you find security in? Maybe you find security in your job, your position at work; maybe you find security in your spouse, friendship, or some other relationship; maybe you find security in your wealth, or the wealth of your family. Whatever it may be, most of us have something that brings us security, satisfaction, and identity.
Of course, for many of us, our security is in God. It was God for the Jews too. But the place where God dwelled, where God manifested his love and grace, where they worshipped God- which was the temple- was destroyed. Can you imagine how the Jews must have felt? It was devastating. The place where they found security was destroyed. They must have felt afraid, alone, and betrayed.
How could God allow this? It’s interesting how the psalmist responds to this. In the midst of all this, he still calls on God to show up, to get revenge. Also, he still has the heart to worship God in the midst of losing the temple. That is faith; that is having a deep connection with God.
Maybe right now you’re struggling with the same thing that this psalmist and the other Jews were facing. Maybe you’ve lost something that you had security in, something that brought you a lot of satisfaction. If that’s you, I encourage you to call on your Father to show up, to reveal His power so that you and the Body can worship God.
Prayer: Father, I confess that sometimes I find myself angry toward You because of the condition of life. I call and ask You to show up and help me. Fill my heart with the assurance that Your will for my life is better than what I had planned. I praise You in advance for what You will do in my life. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Jeremiah 26
Lunch Break Study
Read James 5:7-9 (NIV): Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
Questions to Consider
- How are the believers to respond to the oppressions by those in power and influence?
- What is the character of God that is revealed in these passages?
- Ask God for patience to persevere in the face of oppression, injustice, and unfairness. Rather than grumble and complain, fix your gaze on Jesus who is the Judge over such matters.
- Believers are to respond with godly patience even as a farmer waits for the harvest that is surely coming in due time. They are to not fall into grumbling and complaining to others; rather they are to stand firm, waiting for the Lord’s judgment over oppression.
- In these passages, God is again revealed as the Judge, particularly over oppression and injustice. As James had written in 4:12, God is the one who establishes what is right in life as well as punishing the wrong and evildoers of this world.
- Personal response
Reflect on the blood of Jesus Christ which allows us to meet God’s presence and worship Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I ask that You generously give me patience and wisdom in the face of my oppressions. Help me to stop complaining and rather look to You and wait upon You as the Judge over these matters. Amen.