And said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, the GOD of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before Him; If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent Me of the evil that I have done unto you. Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand. And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land. (Jeremiah 42:9-12)
GOD's instructions and commands are not too hard for us, even when they seem contrary to all we think we know, or want to do. Our sIn nature makes us want to rebel, even as His children, when He commands. Those of us in the Church must rely on Him and trust Him to know what is best for us, even when our country seems to be going the wrong way. The immorality and lawlessness we see around us is, in no small measure our fault. For the most part the church, the visible 'religion' known as the Christian church has allowed sIn to go unchecked and unrebuked. We bow at the alter of political convenience and correctness in order to be accepted. We forget that our commission, our one thing that GOD left us here to do, until He calls us Home, is to preach the Word: The Gospel to the lost, and discipleship and study for one another. We are to be salt and light while we are here, and we have become sand and shadow; marginalized and cast aside as ineffective in the battle for people's hearts and minds. We abandoned the Word of GOD so we have nothing left to speak with authority. We have gone down to 'Egypt' and we are experiencing similar results as these Jews did.
But GOD has a remnant, the faithful who still follow and obey our first love, despite all the turmoil with lost people on the rolls of our congregations, and in too many pulpits. We still share GOD's Word with those around us, praying that people will hear and believe their only hope of Salvation in this life and the next is Jesus Christ. We preach Him crucified and coming again. We are still about our Father's business.
If you don't know Jesus, have never received Him by Faith in His finished work on the Cross of Calvary in your place and for your sIn, I urge you to be born again today. GOD is not willing that any should perish, He has warned us all that without Him, we are under condemnation because of our sIn. He loves you so much that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to become a man and die for you, that you might live in Him. He wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. He desires that you might have life, if you surrender to Him on His terms, He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting.
For the rest of us, we must be faithful and serve our GOD, for it is all about Him.