No Place is Safe

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 49:28-33

People who live in the country seem to have a love/hate relationship with the city. “We like to visit, but we wouldn’t want to live there.” Just a touch of superiority, of looking down on the city as “sinful” compared to themselves the “pure” ones.

The Bedouin of Kedar and Hazor, to the east of the Ammonites, out in the Arabian desert, felt that they were exempt from God’s judgment against the city dwellers and farmers to the west. But rather than trusting in the living God to protect them, they were trusting in their remoteness from the cities.

Nebuchadnezzar’s troops advance on them “from every side” (v. 32). There is nowhere to flee. Jeremiah is hammering home his theme against all the peoples surrounding Judah: “It’s not where you live it’s not how wise you are, how rich, how strong, it’s only one thing: ‘Are you honoring and obeying the God who made you and sustains you?’”

Some day each and every one of us is going to be standing before the throne of God. When that day comes, I want to hear the words of Jesus saying, “This one is mine. He’s O.K.” That’s all that really matters.


Lord, it’s too easy for me to say that “their” sins are not “my” sins. Help me not to trust in “my” superiority over “them,” but in Your Son Jesus alone. In His name. Amen.