Moab, Your Easy Life Is Over

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 48:1-12

Moab, sort of like Switzerland, was off the beaten path: east of Judah, to the east of the armies of Assyria and Egypt that had come storming through Palestine. And they had developed an attitude of superiority, of smugness, toward Judah in her troubles.

Although they traced their ancestry back to Lot, Abraham’s nephew, they had long ago given up worshiping the God of Abraham. They had invented a new god, and gave him the name of Chemosh.

Jeremiah tells them that their life of arrogant superiority is over. They may smile at Judah’s troubles, but Nebuchadnezzar is not going to let them remain independent. They will be “tilted” like wine jars with the contents spilled on the ground. According to Josephus, it wasn’t long before both Ammon and Moab in 582 b.c. were wiped out by Nebuchadnezzar. God’s decree, spoken by Jeremiah, was fulfilled.

Is there anything worse than taking the good gifts that God has given us and then giving the credit to ourselves? Failure to show gratitude makes us less than human. And brings us to ruin.

PRAYER

Lord, it is so easy to pat ourselves on the back over our “good fortune.” We tell ourselves that “we must have done something right.” Wake us up to truth that all that we have comes from You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.