Reading the verses in Jeremiah this past week has been very disconcerting in light of all that is happening in our world today. God is angry with Israel over her unfaithfulness, the worshiping of idols, and people believing false prophets over Him. He is speaking through the prophet Jeremiah to His people. Yet, they do not listen. He has planned to let their enemies take them over. As I read through this, I saw the parallel to our own time in history. Are we not worshiping idols? Have we not, as a nation, tuned out the Word of God—the foundation of our country? I am sure not everyone was disobeying God. Just as today there is a remnant of believers who cry out to God for His mercy.
1“Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city. 2 Although they say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’ still they are swearing falsely.”
Jeremiah is frustrated with the Israelites and says in Jer: 6:10–To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.
How many people today find your Word offensive, Lord? They do not want to hear the truth; they do not want to follow your ways. As the bible says of the Israelites, so it can be said of many in the world today: they do what is right in their own eyes! They believe the lies of the world instead of God.
Jeremiah tries to warn the people. He tells them to flee, that disaster is coming from the north (the Babylonians). God tells him in Chapter 7: 16 “So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you.” God is so angry He tells Jeremiah not to even bother to pray for them because He isn’t going to listen! But our God is gracious. Once more He tells the people to repent and change their ways, but they do not. The LORD says: 23but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you. 24 But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts.
30 “A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: 31 The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?
So . . . what WILL we do in the end? As believers who want to walk with the Lord, who believe what He says in the Bible, and cling to Jesus for our very survival, what can we do? Our world is changing but we do not have to sit idly by and be passive. We have praise and prayer! Second Corinthians 10 tells us:
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Psalm 75 tells us:
1 We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds. 2 You say, “I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity. 3 When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.[b]
9 As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob, 10 who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”
How glad I am to be on the other side of the Cross, yet these are troubling times we live in today. It is like the storm you can see in the distance, the black clouds are foreboding and you know it is heading in your direction. We hear the news: there is rioting in the streets, looting, police officers who are doing their duty are being shot by civilians, anger boils beneath the surface of people who feel hopeless to change their situation. The way of life we knew growing up (those of us with some age on us) is drastically different. But God is not—He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! He tried over and over again to get His people to repent and come back to Him. He is calling us to do the same. But what will you do in the end? The choice is ours.
Oh LORD, the bible tells us there is nothing new under the sun. We are a people in need of a Savior and have been since the beginning of creation. Thank you for providing a way to you. Thank you that you are in control and all things are under your dominion. As I think through my own life, I see how you have used what is evil to bring good; why would I think You would do anything less in all the world? Our trust is in You, our Hope is in You, where else would we go? In Jesus name. Amen