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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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October 5, 2012 - Bound by God’s Love

By Beatrice Northcutt

“‘For as a belt is bound around a man’s waist, so I bound the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to me,’ declares the Lord, ‘to be my people for my renown and praise and honor. But they have not listened’” (Jeremiah 13:11, NIV).

The first 10 verses of this chapter deal with God instructing Jeremiah in a lesson that would show how much He wanted to bring His people back to a right relationship with Him. They had turned to walk in the imagination of their own hearts to worship other gods. In Jeremiah 8:20 the prophet had cried to the people, “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.”

In chapter 13, God tells Jeremiah to get a linen belt and put it upon his loins, and not to wash it. God was portraying a lesson of how He gives His best (not a hand-me-down, or something used), to bind up His people who continually reject His ways. Then God told Jeremiah to do a strange thing. He told the prophet to bury the belt in a crevice in a rock (Jeremiah 13:4).

After many days, God told Jeremiah to dig up the belt, and the Word says in verse 7 the belt was “ruined and completely useless.” In verse 9 the Lord said, “In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.”

The belt was a symbol of God’s love binding up His people, to be a body linked together with a common interest and a distinguished reputation, with approval and honor. But they would not listen. They took the support God placed around them and hid it away from their sight so they could serve other gods. Because of this, God said He would mar their pride and they would be like the belt, which was good for nothing. No longer would He be their binding strength.

Is there a lesson in this portion of Scripture for us today? Didn’t God give us His best when He sent Jesus to die for our sins? Christ is that belt of love and strength that binds us together in unity, with God’s approval and honor.

Have we taken that belt of love and hidden it away until it is marred and useless, or are we staying girded up in His love, letting His strength make us witnesses in these last days?

God search our hearts!

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kansas.



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