22 Aug When The Pulpit Is Weak
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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies.”
Hananiah was a popular prophet in his day. Judah had rarely ever been as far away from the Lord as it was during the season of his prophetic proclamations. Yet Hananiah continued to prophesy a bright future and that the best was yet to come. Here, Jeremiah called him a liar and said that within a year, he would be dead. If you read verse 17 of this chapter, you will see that the liar was dead, and the real prophet was still living and prophesying.
How had things gotten so messed up in Judah? It had gotten messed up because of lying, weak prophets like Hananiah. He had never been called or sent of God, yet he continued his “Everything is great” message. The nation was corrupt from the king all the way down to the beggar on the street. Yet from the sacred pulpit, all the nation heard was things are just wonderful, and the best is yet to come. And the truth was they had not been called of God nor sent by God. Yet, they professed to be both called and sent. That’s what happens “When The Pulpit Is Weak!” Like Jeremiah in his day, true prophets are being vilified and marginalized, or however you want to label it, in our day. But in the end, the liar died, and the true prophet lived to fight another day. May the same be true in our day for true prophets from God.
It’s obvious from today’s reading that history tends to repeat itself. My prayer is true prophets from God would begin to appear in every state of this country and worldwide. Lord, redeem us back to You, I pray. Amen