God's Call to the Young

God's Call to the Young

Posted by Signal Mountain Church of Christ on Sunday, August 5, 2018

th year of Josiah’s reign, God called another young man into duty. This man would be a prophet of God.  He was young, but his authority was extensive. God gave Jeremiah a position OVER nations and kings.  Jeremiah 1:10,18-19. While king Josiah could mobilize the army and purge the idols from the land, he could not purge the hearts of the nation from idolatry.  Jeremiah, who spoke as a mouthpiece for God Himself, openly, constantly declared that Israel and Judah were steeped in idol worship so deeply that they would not let it go.  Even though God would call them back over and over. Josiah made them act like it, but their return was not true. God saw through to their hearts.  God knew their motives. He knew what they loved.  God knew that His people were unwilling to repent, unwilling to trust in Him and unwilling to obey His word.  God’s people broke their covenant with God.  Like an unfaithful, adulterous husband or wife, the people pretended to honor God, but their hearts were entangled in wickedness and sin. Jeremiah proclaimed God’s words of warning and judgment to the people.  Josiah took to heart God’s word and the law of God.  There was a remnant among the people who remained faithful to God and trembled at God’s word, but the majority were defiant and at best only halfhearted in their faith.  They lusted after the gods of the nations around them. (Jer. 2:19-25) This was a tragic time when decline continued and the people, by in large, would not turn back to the Lord. Assyria had earlier come and laid siege to Jerusalem in the days of Hezekiah and the Lord had delivered them.  But this time it was different.  First Egypt, and then Babylon came, and finally, Babylon came again and destroyed Jerusalem, killing their king, reducing the Temple to rubble, and taking the people into captivity for 70 years.  Those that remained eventually fled to Egypt and embraced idolatry even more than ever. But there was and is and always will be a remnant who choose God’s way.  Look at Jeremiah 3:14.  How many does God choose from a town?  How many from a tribe?  But these go on to grow and flourish until they stop seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness.  Then the process begins again. I believe we are living in a time when the process is about to begin again.  Who will be the remnant?  Will this church be found seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness?  Will we, like Josiah, go out and do all we can to turn others to Christ?  Will we, like Jeremiah be a mouthpiece for God’s word even when it means being mocked?  Let us determine today, right here and right now.  Choose you this day whom ye will serve.  Make a renewed commitment to seek God and share His saving gospel with others.  ]]>