Jeremiah 4 … Consider Him Who Warns Us to Seek His Refuge

“Lift up a standard toward Zion!
Seek refuge, do not stand still,
For I am bringing evil from the north,
And great destruction,
(4:6).

Today is one of those days when we must consider Him in light of our response. For as He offers us His Refuge, it is conditional. His Refuge is available, always, but there is movement required on our part. We cannot stand still. We cannot stay put. We cannot stay the way we are. He Warns Us that we must Seek His Refuge.

His Refuge is that place of rescue and safety from His wrath and His fierce anger. His fierce anger is cited twice in this chapter… a repeat!

 “For this, put on sackcloth,
Lament and wail;
For the fierce anger of the Lord
Has not turned back from us.”
(4:8).

I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a wilderness,
And all its cities were pulled down
Before the Lord, before His fierce anger,
(4:26).

And after first reading this chapter, since fierce anger is repeated twice, I supposed that perhaps this might be the focus for consideration. Now, I readily admit, I don’t like parking on the wrath side of God, but I also readily admit, there are times that it is absolutely essential to do so. And with that in mind, I rolled up my sleeves to begin digging into His fierce anger, none too enthusiastically I might add.

But as I began the digging, I noticed there was something else repeated, and even more often. Though not always using the same words, His heart for His people is repeatedly revealed in His continual Warnings of what was coming.

Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say,
“Blow the trumpet in the land;
Cry aloud and say,
‘Assemble yourselves, and let us go
Into the fortified cities,’”
(4:5).

And not only did He repeatedly Warn those who had forsaken Him, but He repeatedly Warned those in imminent danger of His judgment to not remain as they are, to not stand still, but to Seek His Refuge.

“Lift up a standard toward Zion!
Seek refuge, do not stand still,
For I am bringing evil from the north,
And great destruction,”
(4:6).

Consider Him Who Warns Us to Seek His Refuge

  • He Warns Us to Seek His Refuge: Return to Him without wavering.
    • “If you will return, O Israel,” declares the Lord,
      “Then you should return to Me.
      And if you will put away your detested things from My presence,
      And will not waver,”
      (4:1).
  • He Warns Us to Seek His Refuge: Rend our hearts and break up the hard places that choke out His Truth. 
    • “Break up your fallow ground,
      And do not sow among thorns,”
      (4:3).
  • He Warns Us to Seek His Refuge: Remove our rebellious attitudes and selfish ways.
    •  “Circumcise yourselves to the Lord
      And remove the foreskins of your heart,”
      (4:4).
  • He Warns Us to Seek His Refuge: Rue our sin that has brought His deserved discipline upon us.
    • “For this, put on sackcloth,
      Lament and wail;
      For the fierce anger of the Lord
      Has not turned back from us,”
      (4:8).
  • He Warns Us to Seek His Refuge: Repent and turn away from evil that we may be saved
    • “Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem,
      That you may be saved.
      How long will your wicked thoughts
      Lodge within you?”
      (4:14).

He Warns to Seek His Refuge, that we would be brought to His Truth, Justice, Righteousness and Blessing, all for His Glory, and all in Jesus Christ, our Savior.

“And you will swear, ‘As the Lord lives,’
In truth, in justice and in righteousness;
Then the nations will bless themselves in Him,
And in Him they will glory,’”
(4:2).

His Truth:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14:6).

His Justice:
…Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; 26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus, (Romans 3:24-26).

His Righteousness:
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, (1 Corinthians 1:30).

His Blessing:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ
, (Ephesians 1:3).

All for His Glory:
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world,” (John 17:22-24).

How do we respond to Him Who Warns Us to Seek His Refuge?

This world constantly bombards us with the traps of temptation and the sorrows of sin. But He has promised if we will but heed His Warning to Seek His Refuge, He will bring us to the place of Truth, Justice, Righteousness and Blessing, all for His Glory, in Jesus Christ, our Savior.

And we also live in a world that seeks to deny that He will judge sin. But our time in the writings of the prophets bring us face to face with the impending doom of God’s fierce anger that is surely coming, for He has declared it so, and He will not change His mind.

“For this the earth shall mourn
And the heavens above be dark,
Because I have spoken, I have purposed,
And I will not change My mind, nor will I turn from it,”
(4:28).

And He has also told us that those who refuse to Seek His Refuge will have none to blame but themselves.

“Your ways and your deeds
Have brought these things to you.
This is your evil. How bitter!
How it has touched your heart!”
(4:18).

Oh, that our hearts would be broken, as the Weeping Prophet’s heart, that we also would not be able to keep quiet, but be compelled to share His Truth.

My soul, my soul! I am in anguish! Oh, my heart!
My heart is pounding in me;
I cannot be silent,
Because you have heard, O my soul,
The sound of the trumpet,
The alarm of war.
(4:19).

Oh, that we would see the urgency, that we would always be ready to share His Warning to Seek His Refuge with those who are yet in danger of eternal judgment, those who have not had their hearts cleansed from evil through the blood of Christ, those who have not placed their faith in Jesus the Son for the forgiveness of their sins.

Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem,
That you may be saved.
How long will your wicked thoughts
Lodge within you?
(4:14).

how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14).

but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin, (1 John 1:7).

And even for us, who have been born again and have received His Spirit through faith, His heart’s desire remains the same; He Warns Us to Seek His Refuge daily, for we are desperate, every day, to Seek His Refuge from the traps of temptation and the sorrows of sin. But we must do our part; rather than staying put in our foolish stupidity, we must Run to His Refuge to learn His Ways.

“For My people are foolish,
They know Me not;
They are stupid children
And have no understanding.
They are shrewd to do evil,
But to do good they do not know,”
(4:22).

Let us commit to Seek His Refuge as we daily choose by faith to leave our foolish ways and return to Him, rend our hearts, remove our wicked ways, and rue our sin in godly repentance that produces His life in us to do good.

For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death, (2 Corinthians 7:10).

Let us commit to Seek His Refuge in the Truth of His Word, that we would grow in our desire, not to just know about His Word, but to build our lives on His Word through obedience.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock,” (Matthew 7:24-25).

And as we grow in His Truth, let us daily Seek His Refuge in faith and holy fear, that we would be strengthened to withstand every storm of life.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride,
(Psalm 46:1-3).

In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And his children will have refuge,
(Proverbs 14:26).

How can we not praise Him with all that we are? He is so worthy to be praised. And oh, that we would never get over the fact that He Warns Us to Seek His Refuge so that we would be saved from every enemy.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
And I am saved from my enemies,
(Psalm 18:2).

Let’s Grow Together!

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