ODB Devotional 29 April 2022 Our Daily Bread || Spiritual Diagnosis
OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONAL OF THE DAY 29TH APRIL 2022 ODB – Read today’s ODB devotional 29 April 2022 on Our Daily Bread devotional titled Spiritual Diagnosis for our spiritual daily bread for growth and development today.
TOPIC: Spiritual Diagnosis
We will not listen to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord. – Jeremiah 44:16
Today’s ODB Daily Devotional 29-4-2022 Our Daily Bread || Today’s Scripture: Jeremiah 44:16–18, 20–23
READ || ODB Devotional 29 April 2022 Our Daily Bread
Chemotherapy reduced the tumor in my father-in-law’s pancreas, until it didn’t. As the tumor began to grow again, he was left with a life-and-death decision. He asked his doctor, “Should I take more of this chemo or try something else, perhaps a different drug or radiation?”
The people of Judah had a similar life-and-death question. Weary from war and famine, God’s people wondered whether their problem was too much idolatry or not enough. They concluded they should offer more sacrifices to a false god and see if she would protect and prosper them (Jeremiah 44:17).
Jeremiah said they had wildly misdiagnosed their situation. Their problem wasn’t a lack of commitment to idols; their problem was that they had them. They told the prophet, “We will not listen to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord!” (v. 16). Jeremiah replied, “Because you have burned incense and have sinned against the Lord and have not obeyed him or followed his law or his decrees or his stipulations, this disaster has come upon you” (v. 23).
Like Judah, we may be tempted to double down on sinful choices that have landed us in trouble. Relationship problems? We can be more aloof. Financial issues? We’ll spend our way to happiness. Pushed aside? We’ll be equally ruthless. But the idols that contributed to our problems can’t save us. Only Jesus can carry us through our troubles as we turn to Him. By: Mike Wittmer
Bible in a Year: 1 Kings 6–7, Luke 20:27–47
ODB Devotional 29 April 2022 Our Daily Bread || REFLECT: What personal problem has you stumped and how are you tempted to respond in a sinful way? What do you think Jesus might want you to do?
Jesus, I’d rather fail with You than succeed without You.
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