The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 21 August 2019 – The Scarcity of the Righteous
TOPIC: The Scarcity of the Righteous
READ: Jeremiah 5:1-13 King James Version (KJV)
1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
2 And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.
3 O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God.
5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.
6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.
7 How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.
8 They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour’s wife.
9 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
10 Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD’S.
11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD.
12 They have belied the LORD, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine:
13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.
Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach (brings destruction) to such people. There is a serious battle in the spirit for evil to dominate righteousness.
Our God is a Righteous God and desires righteous people to worship Him. It was a disheartening situation that no righteous man could be found among God’s people so that God could extend His pardon to the people of Jerusalem.
What can be said of the Church today? The love of many is waxing cold in these last days (Matthew 24:12) because of the increase in unrighteousness.
As a result, corruption has destroyed the foundations of our country, despite our religious disposition. It is discouraging when Churches are not spared either. The Lord is calling for people today who can stand to His honour. Can He depend on you as a righteous man or woman to sow mercy and pardon to our nation Nigeria? Dare to be that righteous person God can find to deliver His people.
Prayer: O Lord, our righteous Judge, may I prove to be that righteous man/woman whom You are looking for. Cause my love for You to wax stronger and stronger in these last days such that I will overcome evil with good through the merits of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Amen.