It seems that, sometimes at least, we; yes even Christians, put terrible events and tragedies up to chance. Chance says that these things just happen. I must admit that this troubles me, but I think it troubles me more to believe that these things happen by mere chance; when they cannot be chance.
Looking today at the Laments of the prophet Jeremiah…
“The LORD has purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion. He has stretched out a line; He has not withdrawn His hand from destroying; therefore He has caused the rampart and wall to lament; they languished together.
Her gates have sunk into the ground; He has destroyed and broken her bars. Her king and her princes are among the
nations; the Law is no more, and her prophets find no vision from the LORD.” Lamentations 2:8-9 (NKJV)
Note what the prophet writes. “The LORD has purposed…” and it is not a good thing; at least from our point of view. If we look at it from the prophet’s point of view he grieved over it; even though he had been used by God to warn the people of their grievous sins and actions.
Something we all need to realize and know is that when GOD speaks to people through His prophet, He has first spoken to that prophet, and about these things within himself. The prophet does not callousedly speak tragedy on his own people. He warns, hoping, that as he has done, they will repent, turning back their hearts, souls, minds and strength to the LORD Almighty.
When God’s people refuse God’s word, refuse to repent, then it is God’s purpose in judgment to remind them from whence they came, and whose they are. Even redeemed believers of Jesus Christ must be reminded of this at times. Remember When God Purposes a Thing it will come to pass.
In Jeremiah’s day the preachers had no vision from God. Their own fake messages was all they had. If it does not sit right with the word of God, then it is not from God.
The apostle Paul writing to young pastor Timothy said,,,
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:2
That is the duty of every Christian pastor, preacher, and it is up to every Christian to hear and do it. Men of God’s word; that is all we have to preach. Why would we want to preach anything else?