What do you think of when you think ‘God is’? The character of God is a many-sided mystery. I love to sit in God is love, but the Love of God is only one part of the Whole Godhead. When God Is Just I struggle to accept that as part of who God is. Honestly, it’s hard to Be Still when I see God as anything but love. Can you relate? Today, in our 40-Day Fast to Be Still and know that He is God, we come face to face with the righteousness of God that requires Justice.
Jeremiah 47:6 “O you sword of the Lord, How long will it be before you are quiet? Put yourself into your sheath; Rest and be still.
The Context of Jeremiah 47:6
Be Still, in our text today, is a part of another prophecy. Through Jeremiah God foretells the fall of the Philistines. This is just one nation amongst a multitude God is using Babylon to destroy in judgment.
Some things you should know about the Philistines:
- The Philistines were enemies of Israel (you will remember them from the time David killed Goliath)
- As a Nation that bordered Israel, Philistia had opportunities to know God and choose to live in righteousness. They did not.
- This Nation was far from God and steeped in sin.
- Pornography, fornication, and adultery were normal practices (i).
- Unwanted babies (born from the former sin) were burned in bonfires kept for just that purpose.
Observations from Jeremiah 47:6
In a terrifying account of the fall of Philistia, we see Jeremiah pose a question. How long will this war last? Lord, how long will you judge the Nations?
Jeremiah answers his own question. The sward of God (the wrath of God) cannot be still until it has finished its Job. Justice must come when there is so much sin.
What does God’s justice mean?
When people live in sin, refusing God’s grace and mercy in favor of the pleasures of life there is a consequence.
It seems like some people live their whole life in sin only to die at a ripe old age having lived a good life. But God saw and will work out justice in His time and in His way.
Application of Jeremiah 47:6
Do you ever ask God hard questions?
The Bible is filled with very human heroes who asked God questions. It’s okay. Let me share some of mine in hopes it sparks your own.
Why doesn’t God save everyone?
God so loved the world. The Whole World. That He sent His Only Son. That whoever believes in Him… will not perish, but will have eternal life. (John 3:16 paraphrased)
God loves us like crazy but He gives us a choice. Do you believe In God? How about, Do you believe He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for your sin?
Jesus died taking the eternal consequence for your sin. The punishment for my sin. He took it all to give me eternal life. But you have to choose Him.
God would gladly save everyone if everyone wanted to be saved But God is righteous and Holy. Click To Tweet
What is the righteousness of God?
You see God is perfect. LOL honestly God is the only perfect that ever could be. Well except Jesus Christ who is God… anyway. Because God is perfect, God is just and Holy, God can not do wrong. God is righteous.
We can’t stand before God with sin in our heart. Hence the need for God to send His son Jesus Christ to take the punishment for our sin so we could be counted Holy and escape the wrath of God. A righteous and Holy God also must be a Just God who must punish sin.
What does the wrath of God mean?
The wrath of God is hard to think about let alone explain because I want to just see God’s love and God’s Grace and God’s Mercy. But honestly, God’s mercy and justice work together.
Because God is Holy there has to be a consequence for sin. But because God is love and Mercy He sent His son to take that consequence.
Still, people refuse to accept Jesus and chose to live their own way. So the wrath of God comes into our world. Scary huh? We should have a Fear of God, especially if we thumb our nose at Him.
It’s Hard to Be Still when God is Just
Final Thoughts on Jeremiah 47:6
There have been times God has allowed me to feel the consequences for foolish choices where I walked in willful sin because God is loving and just. There have been seasons I just had to learn the hard way.
But God is true to his character of being patient and slow to anger.
How many do-overs has God given you?
That is what comes to mind when I read this passage. God is warning the Philistines just like God warned the Israelites over and over again.
You’ve gotten off course. You are setting other things up as idols in your life. You’ve left your first love.
Turn back to Me while there is still time.
God is only ever a prayer way.
Yes, God is just and merciful as evidenced by the repeated warnings and pleadings with us to turn from sin and live under His authority.
What warning is God sending you today?
Do you hear Him whispering to You?
For two years God has been warning me to stop fighting, Be Still, stop worrying, Be still, rest, let others help.
I’ve tried, but trying is not doing. Honestly, I’ve been trying in my own strength and failing. I’d do much better if God gave me a to-do list but to Be Still… obviously, here we are so you can tell I’m failing at this miserably. Can you relate?
God is a just judge who loves us too much to let us continue to walk opposite of His Will. He will allow life to get hard to get our attention. The question is will we be still long enough to listen and fix it? Click To Tweet
A Prayer to Be still when God is Just
Father God, Ancient of Days,
I confess that I have not been obedient to Your will. You said to rest, Be Still, stop fighting, trust You and wait. I made plans, became dependant on business and hustling and allowed fear to slip in.
Now I see Your hand gently trying to get my attention. Forgive me for being too consumed in my own plans to stop and be still with You to know Your plans.
I surrender. Take this life. You said to rest so I will rest. Help me stay on Your path and trust you even though I don’t understand. I know You have a plan and I trust You. Be glorified Lord.