Daily Devotion on Jeremiah 11:18-20
Text: Jeremiah 11:18-20
It seems almost anti-Christian, doesn’t it? Asking God to take vengeance upon your enemies? What happened to turning the other cheek? What happened to forgiving and forgiving and then forgiving some more? Yet today we see Jeremiah calling upon the Lord to do just that–take vengeance upon his enemies that threaten him.
So was that right for Jeremiah to do?
Yes. We call these kinds of prayers–or psalms in the book of Psalms–imprecatory prayers. They are prayers that essentially ask for God to crush his enemies. Remembering that Scripture says that vengeance belongs to God and not us, imprecatory prayers ask that God continues to execute his will over and above all enemies.
So while we humbly show love to all, even to our enemies, we at the same time pray that God’s enemies be overcome and defeated. After all, God’s enemies restrict us and persecute us. They oppose the preaching of God’s Word. They work to stop the growth of God’s Church. Their defeat means more opportunities for God’s people and God’s Word to grow.
Finally, these words of Jeremiah remind us of our Savior Jesus. Just as Jeremiah was led like a lamb to the slaughter, so also the great Lamb of God was. Jesus suffered at the hands of his enemies and was finally killed. Yet in this suffering and death Jesus won the ultimate victory over all our enemies–Sin, Death, and the Devil.
Thanks be to God for his victory! Thanks be to God for his power over our enemies!
Entrust to him all your cares and concerns about our enemies of faith. Give to him all glory.
Prayer: All glory be to you alone, Lord God Almighty. Watch over me with your great power and might. Keep me safe from all enemies. Crush them with your mighty power, that all may see you as King of kings and Lord of lords alone. Amen.
Posted on September 29, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged Church, Daily Devotions, God's Power, God's Will, Imprecatory, Jeremiah, Jeremiah 11, Psalms, Revenge, School, Vengeance. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.