Jeremiah 51, 30
Focus Verse: It is He who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding stretched out the heavens. – Jeremiah 51:15
Sin is evidence that we either do not know who God is or we have forgotten who God is – if not permanently, then for a moment.
After being chosen by God, delivered from Egypt by God, and abundantly blessed with the Promised Land and so much more by God, Israel turned to sin because she forgot who God is – mighty and miraculous, good and great and gracious, longsuffering and everlasting, patient and powerful, and above all…HOLY, a God who cannot stand sin.
After being raised up by God to become a mighty nation and conquer many other nations (including God’s chosen nation, Israel), Babylon started and continued in sin because she did not know who God is. She did not realize that it was He who had given her the might she had.
As followers of Christ, it is easy to forget who God is when we become too familiar with Him. We’ve been praying to Him for years and reading the Bible every day. We’ve been going to church faithfully and know all the lyrics to all the praise songs. So, we think we know God well. He’s just the same as one of our human friends. We talk to Him any which way. He’s the big guy upstairs who only cares about out happiness and who we run to when we want something.
This type of “knowing” God is wrong. Because we are finite and He is infinite, it is impossible to fully know God. If we could fully know God and understand all His ways, He would not be God. We must be careful not to minimize the majesty and might of God just so we can wrap our minds around Him. God is POWERFUL…the One who made the earth. He is WISE…the One who established the world. He is UNDERSTANDING…the Person who stretched out the heavens. And above all, He is HOLY…the One who hates sin. He hates it so much that He turned His back on His only begotten Son as He hung on the cross, bruised and crushed by the sins of the entire world.
In its end, sin only brings forth pain and death, but in its beginning, sin often has a way of making us feel happy. And if engaging in sin brings us feelings of happiness, then God doesn’t care about our happiness. He cares about our holiness. He cares about us becoming more like Him. Therefore, He will not wink at our wrongdoing or turn a blind eye when we do bad things just because He wants us to be happy. God’s holiness trumps our happiness every time.
God. His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. He is higher…so much higher than we. Never forget.