What’sYour Cause?

Read Jeremiah 51:1–64

Everyone needs a cause, a reason to get up in the morning, something worth fighting or even dying for. Some people spend their lives protecting animals or fighting against those who harm the environment. Their motivation varies, as does their dedication. Some abandon a cause rather quickly.

Therefore this is what the Lord says: “See, I will defend your cause and avenge you” (Jeremiah 51:36).

The children of Israel had a cause, but many of them didn’t even know it. It wasn’t a cause they necessarily chose, but they were a part of it, regardless. God chose the Jewish people as His nation, a people set apart. Through God’s goodness toward them, others would see the loving-kindness of God. That was the plan, but the people lost interest in the one true God and began copying their neighbors by serving idols. So God used Babylon as an instrument of punishment to refocus them. When serving the one true and holy God became their cause, God promised to defend and avenge them.

Thought for Today:

Are you as passionate for God as others are for their causes?

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