THEME: Turn Your Face To God 1
PASSAGE: Jeremiah 2:3–30
HYMN: MHB 327 SINNERS, turn: why will ye die
MEMORY VERSE: Jeremiah 2: 27. “They say to wood, ‘You my father, and to stone, ‘You gave me birth, they have turned their backs to Me and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say, Come and save us”
The Jewish nation of Israel was the apple of God’s eye. The love which God had for Israel went to the extent that all nations who refused them hospitality in the wilderness were punished. God made every good thing of life to be available to them free in the Promised Land. One expects that Israel would reciprocate God’s love, mercy and kindness by seeking Him wholeheartedly, but she did otherwise. When she ate and satisfied, she turned her face away from Yahweh and worshipped idols, the work of man. A good vine turned to a corrupt and wild vine. Though she occasionally confessed her sins in the Temple she did not repent. This made her confession ceremonial and unacceptable.
The same situation is with us today in the Church. When God blesses some members or when their ministry is thriving, some will go and be members of secret cults, give themselves to the life of revelry, spending reasonable time and money at social clubs instead of doing evangelism for God and rescuing the perishing. They come to Church on Sundays, confess their sins, but do not repent from their wayward ways.
The blessings God gives you are to test your devotion, commitment and dedication to Him. Before He releases them in full measure, He uses the first blessing to test your commitment to Him. God expects you to be loyal to Him. That was why He gave Jesus Christ as a ransom for your soul.
Turn your face to God because that is where your victory from all challenges lies. It is only by turning your face to Him that you can enjoy the treasure He gives you and even to receive more. He waits at the door of your heart, knocking (Rev. 3: 20).
Come back to Him and be circumcised in your heart.
PRAYER: Lord, give me the grace to honour You with my life and all blessings I have received from You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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