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Dailey Devotional January 7th
“You must not misuse the name of the LORD your God. The LORD will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.” (Exodus 20:7)
Today’s devotional is actually a call for repentance. The North American Church stands guilty and it is time to confess and turn from our wickedness…so that God will restore peace and heal our land! The events of yesterday—the storming of Capitol Hill in the US—was the straw that broke this camel’s back. As the first of the news reached my eyes, I was astounded, grieved and angry. I found myself somewhat surprised by my own level of emotion and as I spoke with God about my own feelings, was able to sort out the source of my indignation. I am angry with those who claim the name of God in vain, who indiscriminately misrepresent my Lord and heavenly Father to justify their own sinful motivations and behaviours. Let me make one thing clear, I am neither a ‘conservative’ nor a ‘liberal’…but as a moderate whose first loyalty is to God, I am often denounced as such by each of the opposing sides.
Christ-followers on the right of centre, please listen to me. God does not need a particular political party in power to get His work done! I serve the God who convinced a pagan Persian king, Cyrus, not only to approve the rebuilding of His Temple, but to make financial provision for its reconstruction.
Christ-followers on the left of centre, please listen to me. God does not approve of our rejoicing at our enemy’s downfall. When King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon—God’s chosen man to bring judgement on the children of Israel—grew cocky, God caused him to go insane and he ate grass like a cow for seven years until he was thoroughly humbled and repented his pride. This too is the God I serve!
God has a plan as Sovereign. Do we really believe that and trust Him as we are commanded to? Or are we guilty of applying our own personal ‘GOD’ stamp to our own desires and thinking in order to justify our thoughts, words and actions, thereby misrepresenting the name of God and breaking the third of the ten commandments?
If you claim the name of Christ, be certain of the one you are following or run the risk of being found guilty of treason…not of any earthly kingdom, but of God’s!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!