Jeremiah 3:25 “We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.”
There are days when reading my daily Bible reading that I find a common truth or thought throughout each book and chapter. Today is one of those days. In Jeremiah, he speaks from what God has given him to the people of Israel.
Some balk at the hard preaching against sin. I have heard much in my lifetime and can say this: I need a person in my life that is willing to tell me things I am unwilling to say to myself – no matter how hard it may be to hear.
Jeremiah was one such person to the nation of Israel. He followed in the next chapter with the remedy.
Jeremiah 4:4 “Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.”
It is impressive to note that despite the prophet’s efforts to draw God’s people back to Himself, there is no recorded turning or repentance. I cannot imagine a lifetime of obeying God and serving Him without any fruit or evidence that what I was doing made any impact whatsoever.
Then, I read in Luke of the temptation of Christ. Jesus, in taking on the form of a man, allowed Himself to be tempted in every way. We know that throughout His life, He never one time sinned. Yet, I am in awe of His response to those temptations.
First, Jesus had fasted forty days and forty nights. Medically and physically, he was on the brink of His body shutting down and dying. Such fasting is not only physical but mental. In Luke, we see that it wasn’t just a short period of testing. It was throughout those forty days that Satan beleaguered and badgered the Savior.
Then, He was tempted in ways that we are all tempted.
1 John 2:15-16 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
God shows us the desire to have, the desire to be, and the desire to achieve.
Jesus’ rebuke in every temptation was with God’s Word. “It is written…” was His reply every time. Once the time of His tempting was over, Jesus returned even stronger than before.
Luke 4:32 “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.”
We can all speak words to people. Whether or not the words have influence is really not up to us. Jesus, our example, tells us the when we say, we must do it under the direction, guidance, and leadership of the Holy Spirit.
We have heard people who speak eloquently and with power. Yet, the truth of their words fades so quickly, and their meaning gets lost swiftly. Some may have axioms of wisdom that may last, but it is God’s Word alone that every child of God needs to embrace.
Many may think the Golden Thread is a thought carried throughout the passages, and you are partly correct. What struck me today is that truth that strikes the heart of God’s children happens solely by the revelation by the Holy Spirit.
Without Him, I cannot know wisdom.
Without Him, I will not know the truth.
Without Him, I am left to my own devices to figure it out and, in so doing, become a god unto myself.
I become the decision-maker for what is right and what is not.
I become the one to decide what is best for me.
Jesus revealed to us that even He, while on this earth in human form, was subject unto the will of the Father as demonstrated by the Holy Spirit.
John 5:30 “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”
Then, Jesus tells us that we are to do the very same thing.
John 16:13-14 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
The Golden Thread of truth throughout God’s Word is something only God can reveal to our hearts. We cannot find it of our own intellect or knowledge. It is given by God alone.
Just as wisdom is something only God can give, truth – the real truth – is God’s to bless His children to glorify Himself through us.
May your day be filled with the desire to see God’s Golden Thread in all that He reveals to you today.