Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 22:1‐23:20, 2 Thessalonians 1:1‐12, Psalm 83:1‐18, Proverbs 25:11‐14
Context: God is telling his people through Jeremiah that disobedience leads to punishment. He reminds them that their father who did righteously was rewarded by God.
“Did not your father eat and drink
and do justice and righteousness?
Then it was well with him.
He judged the cause of the poor and needy;
then it was well.
Is not this to know me?
declares the Lord.”
- Did not your fathers
- Eat and drink
- Do justice and righteousness
- Then – it was well with him
- He judged the cause of the poor and needy
- Then – it was well
- Is not this to know me?
Yesterday (after my Bible reading and journal entry) my grandfather passed away. He “knew God (v16)” and was a spiritual patriarch for the Holm family. You can read Opa’s obituary here. Reading the verses in Jeremiah 22 above, I am reminded that Julius’ justice and righteousness needs to be remembered. It should motive me to live the same way.
Apply: “Lord, thank you for Julius Holm’s righteous life. As the Holm family focuses on his memory the next few days, inspire us to live in a similar way.”
Do you have a spiritual patriarch in your life? Spend time thinking about the way he or she lived and how God has rewarded and will reward a righteous life. Let it motivate you.