TRUST: God Disciplines those Who Forsake Him


Over and over, God has told us and shown us that TRUST: God Disciplines those Who Forsake Him. How does one forsake God? By failing to put our TRUST in Him. When we do so, we, whether intended or not, place our trust, faith or confidence in someone or something else. TRUST: In Idols and be Turned Back in Utter Shame reminds us of that fact as well as TRUST: In the Name of the Lord and Rely on God. Like the Israelites, we continue to fail to TRUST in Him.

Fear is the primary reason we fail to TRUST God. The other is pride which fear may be a function of. The notion of pride says that we have it or that we simply refuse to TRUST in God out of stubborn disobedience. Either way, TRUST: God Disciplines those Who Forsake Him. By that, I mean those whom God, Jehovah, is their God. If you claim to have surrendered your life to Jehovah, God expects you to TRUST Him and follow Him.

We see this clearly in Jeremiah 1 where God pronounces judgement on Israel because they continue to trust in things and people, namely idols and Egypt. Listen to what God tells Jeremiah in chapter 1 – 16 “I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made.” We know from Exodus that God said, ““You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,TRUST: God Disciplines those Who Forsake Him.

God had told Israel that you will be disappointed by trusting in Egypt for help as you were with Assyria. In Isaiah 30:3, God also told them “But Pharaoh’s protection will be to your shame, Egypt’s shade will bring you disgrace.” Again, God said, “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,” (Isaiah 31:1)  Furthermore in Jeremiah 2, God told them 

17 Have you not brought this on yourselves
    by forsaking( the Lord your God
    when he led you in the way?
18 Now why go to Egypt
    to drink water from the Nile?
And why go to Assyria
    to drink water from the Euphrates?
19 Your wickedness will punish you;
    your backsliding will rebuke you.
Consider then and realize
    how evil and bitter it is for you
when you forsake the Lord your God
    and have no awe of me,”
declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

To remind you about Assyria, “16 At that time King Ahaz sent to the kings of Assyria for help…19 The Lord had humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had promoted wickedness in Judah and had been most unfaithful to the Lord. 20 Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came to him, but he gave him trouble instead of help.” (2 Chronicles 28:16-21TRUST: God Disciplines those Who Forsake Him.

Now, God gives Jeremiah the Word against His people for forsaking Him.

Jeremiah 2:36-37

36 Why do you go about so much,
    changing your ways?
You will be disappointed by Egypt
    as you were by Assyria.
37 You will also leave that place
    with your hands on your head,
for the Lord has rejected those you trust;
    you will not be helped by them.

Israel would be disappointed and dejected. God says that they would leave that place with hands on their head conveying deep emotional hurt or mourning. Why do we needlessly bring ourselves such negative experiences and emotions? Isn’t it easier to just TRUST God in the first place? If He is our Lord, we eventually have to get back to the place of TRUST in Him anyway. God would prefer to bless us, but He will discipline us to get us back to trusting in Him rather than things and people. The mere fact that He disciplines to bring us back to Him should give us enough reason to place our faith in Him. TRUST: God Disciplines those Who Forsake Him.

Will you trust Him today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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