Center of Hope Devotion – May 31, 2021

Dear Friends,

They mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy (2 Chronicles 36:16).

The northern kingdom of Israel had fallen, and Judah was heading toward a similar fate. The people had all but turned their backs on God. Idols stood in the high places; their worship and wicked practices filled the land, including the temple of God. Even the priests condoned the indiscretions. King Zedekiah had stopped listening to the prophet Jeremiah long ago.

God had sent messengers to Israel and Judah, warning them about their sins and the consequences, but the people belittled such efforts. With all remedies exhausted, God allowed the fall of Judah, the destruction of the temple, and the exile of His people to Babylon.

Even so, judgment was not God’s final word in this matter. Seventy years later, according to Jeremiah’s prophecy, the exiles were given the opportunity to go home and rebuild their temple. Our God is a God of second chances. Do you need one or does someone you know need God’s mercy and compassion?

Prayer Suggestion: If you have lost your way or know of someone who has, ask God for His mercy and restoration.