Friday, November 12, 2010

God Has Backup Copies

Today I read something in my devotions that I hadn't noticed before.  It was in Jeremiah 36.  The Lord spoke to Jeremiah the words He wanted delivered to Jehoiakim, king of Judah.  These were words of warning of what would happen if the king and people didn't turn from their evil ways and come back to God.  Jeremiah dictated God's words to a scribe who then delivered the scroll to the king.

The king's response was to burn the scroll because he didn't like what God had to say.  He thought that would take care of the matter.  No scroll, no warning to heed - as if God's word could be undone by simply destroying the evidence.

What he forgot is that God's word is not dependent upon anyone believing it.  God will have His way and His word will always hold true no matter whether a person chooses to believe it or not and no matter what lengths people go to destroy it or discredit its message. In the case of Jehoiakim, God simply told Jeremiah to rewrite the words on another scroll and have that delivered once again to the king, only this time God added more.  It would have gone better for Judah if the king had heeded the first message.

God always has backup copies of his message.  If we don't hear it the first time, He will repeat it as often and in as many ways as necessary until we listen.  As Aldous Huxley said, "Facts do not cease to exist simply because they are ignored."  This is especially true where God's word is concerned.


  1. yes...and the lessons keep circling in our lives until we learn from them

  2. Oh AMEN to this for sure. I have learned a few the hard way. I have been amazed recently at how some people really do think they can pick and chose which of God's word to believe. How thankful I am that His Word is always constant, always true, dependant on nothing else. Have a wonderful week-end. HUGS

  3. Yes, so true. I'm so glad God
    is patient and understanding
    with us. He waits for us to
    learn and apply His word to
    every situation in our lives
    knowing how much better off
    we'll be for doing so.

  4. Oh yes, if only we listen and heed the first time. I've been studying Isaiah in BSF this year and there's similar warnings.

  5. I agree. This is true for all situations- including countries. Watching and fearing what the Lord will do if people in our country do not heed His warnings.....

  6. Yes and doesn't matter if people believe it or is still God's word.
    Thanks for sharing what God lite up for you in His word!

  7. Wonderful post. And it's not just His words but also His promises! I read this today: don't let the disappointments of today overshadow the promises of God. God's promises stand. His words are truth and His promises are forever. blessings, marlene

  8. Oh so true! Love this Lord of ours!

  9. I am still learning this one. :)

  10. What a great observation on this passage, Cindy! So true.

  11. Great post. So true! Heaven and earth will pass away but God's Word abides forever.