Jeremiah 13:1-11 God instructed Jeremiah to wear a linen sash for a while, then bury it. What happened? The once useful sash became useless. Through this sash, God provides a teaching analogy for His people. The ruined piece of clothing represented the people of Israel who once served and worshiped God, but then became useless through their disobedience.
Lord help me to consider the parallels between the sash and my life.
I will remain useful when I am stretched, because we must be stretched and challenged. I will remain useful when I am secure, so I must draw my identity from God. I will remain useful when I am solid, I must possess stable values.
Lord I become useless when I am soiled because I cannot live with sin and apathy. I become useless when I am separated, we cannot live as mavericks. The sash became useless when it shrunk. I know I am not useful when I think small.
So I thank You, Father, for making me one of Your people, Your pride, Your glory, an honour to Your name. Help me to cling to You always.
Jeremiah 13:19 Join me in prayer today for refugees throughout the world, those who have left their homes and jobs and security because of war or famine or disaster.
1 Peter 4
1 Peter 4:2-3 Father, it’s so hard to change our bad habits and sinful ways of thinking, but we want to please You and do Your will. Through the Word and the power of Your Holy Spirit give us the strength, day by day, to break the cycle of sin and guilt, in Jesus name the Son of the Living God.
1 Peter 4:8-9 Ask God for a heart that is open and ready to deeply love others and a home that expresses love in generous hospitality.
1 Peter 4:16-17 Lord, keep me away from fear of what people think or say. Caused me to be reminded that it is no shame to suffer for being Christian, knowing that the glorious Spirit of God will come upon me. Lord, keep me focused! “Judgment must first begin at the house of God.”