Devotional: ‘Before Summer Comes to an End’

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Jeremiah 8:13 I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them. 15 We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble! 16 The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein.

Sin has a payday – someday. The Bible tells us that we can be sure that our sin will eventually find us out. (see Numbers 32:23) If we do not repent of our disobedience to God, the day will come when the Lord will expose our evil and chasten us accordingly. Such was the case with the nation of Israel. In 586 B.C. the Babylonian forces under the command king Nebuchadnezzar broke through the walls of Jerusalem and carried many of the people away into captivity.

The people were so spiritually blind that they could not understand what was happening. Rather than humbling themselves before God and repenting; they questioned the goodness of God.

Jeremiah 8:19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? Is not her king in her?

In other words – ‘Where is God? Why has He allowed this to happen?”

Jeremiah knew why this was happening.

Jeremiah 8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

Jeremiah is often called the ‘weeping prophet.’ The reason he has been given this title is because of his extreme sadness over Israel’s sin and God’s necessary judgment.

Jeremiah 9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!

Many of us are heartbroken over the spiritual condition of America. Violence, sexual immorality and corruption have become the norm. How sad this is for a nation whose beginning was directed by many of the timeless truths of God’s Word.

As we see summer winding down and fall quickly approaching, let it be a reminder to us of the shortness of our time and the need to tell others about God’s saving grace. One day the harvest will be passed. One day the summer will come to an end. Let us pray that when that day comes our friends and family will not have to say – “but we have not been saved.”

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