“Moab Is My Washbasin”
I praise You, Lord. Your strength sustains me, Your counsel directs me, and Your Word instructs me.
Read Jeremiah 48:1-25
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Jesus is indeed Lord … and we have only to relax into his welcoming embrace to know rest from a troubled conscience and peace of heart” (H. Williamson).
Moab was Israel’s neighbor. Descended from Lot, they worshiped their god, Chemosh. Solomon, in his later years, transgressed by building a temple dedicated to Chemosh near Jerusalem (1 Kings 11:7,8). Ruth was from Moab, and David sent his parents there when Saul was pursuing him. The Moabite stone is a particularly important archaeological discovery, in which the king of Moab gives credit to Chemosh for a victory over Israel.
As Moabites watched Jerusalem being destroyed, it gave them a false sense of security. They continued to worship their false deity and felt safe. Their god was a spiritual crutch, adequate for the good times, but totally useless when they needed him. Jeremiah prophesied that Moab, too, would be destroyed by the ruthless Babylonian war machine. They would suffer as would Israel, but for Moab it would be much worse. Israel’s faith in the Lord Almighty would make a huge difference since he was able to sustain them even in the midst of disaster, whereas Moab would find no help from their false deity. Chemosh was a disaster, and Moab would be ashamed of him as Israel became ashamed of Bethel where the syncretistic worship had become one main reason for God’s judging Israel (13).
Christians are not immune from trouble, or God’s judgment in this life. We face it like everyone else; it shatters our lives and destroys our peace. However, we are not alone when trouble strikes, as idol worshipers are. As Christians, we have someone to turn to in our hour of need; even if God is disciplining us, we know he still loves us. Jesus did not hide from his disciples the fact that hard times lay ahead. However, the warnings of hard times must be understood in the context of his promise, “And surely I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20).
Jesus said “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Matt. 6:34). Bring any worries to God now.
Lord, I thank You that You will never leave me nor forsake me. Help me never to forget that promise.
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