READ: Jeremiah 14:13-16; Romans 5:1-11
- Jeremiah’s lying prophets capture the essence of what most people think when they hear the word peace. The assumption is the absence of war and woe. It’s what we all want to hear which is what makes such lying prophets so easy to believe. They were not merely present in Jeremiah’s day (c.600BCE), they are present today as well. They preach a prosperity gospel.
- The lying prophets of Jeremiah and the prosperity preachers of today share the same assumption: if you are following God (Jesus) you will be financially and physically (health) blessed. Apparently they weren’t watching Jeremiah very closely (beaten, placed in stocks, thrown in a cistern, et al). Nor are their contemporaries paying much attention to Sudan, North Korea, Nigeria and multiple other countries where persecution is rife.
- If you read your Bible, say, Daniel, Ezekiel, Job, Jeremiah, the Gospels, Acts, Philippians, et al, you’ll find “faithfulness” produced persecution, not the blessings promised by the lying prophets. Paul clearly says, “Those who want a godly life in Jesus Christ will be persecuted.” In other words, peace doesn’t mean the absence of war and woe. So, it must mean something more significant than that.
- Read and mark, 2 Timothy 3:12.
- If all this is true, what’s the point of being a believer?
- Does this mean there is no prosperity for believers?
PRAY: Pray for understanding where peace is involved. Pray for perseverance when being a Christian proves difficult. Ask God to help you deal with the consequences of identifying yourself with Jesus.