Appointed Times

Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD. Jeremiah 8:7 KJV

The birds and the turtles know what God commanded them to do, and they obey Him. It is God's people that seem to have the problem! The Bible tells us in Jer. 5:22, “The waves may toss and roar, but they can never pass the boundaries I set,” but in these last days, many of God's people are pushing the limits! Jesus, referring to the time before His return prophesied, “because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matt. 24:12).

In Jer. 5:1, God challenged someone to search throughout the streets of Jerusalem and see “if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.” God was willing to spare that holy city if He could just find a single man with judgment and that sought the truth. Sadly enough, God did not find that person, for they refused God's warning and suffered greatly under God's hand of judgment.

It is my prayer that we would be the people that God sought for and know the judgment of God. Not in the way that the people of God in Jeremiah's time came to know it, but that we would know God's judgments as taught in His Word and correct ourselves accordingly, so “that we should not be condemned with the world” (1 Cor. 11:31-32).

Pastor Kent Evans