Every time I read Jeremiah, its words seem more and more relevant to the society we are living in.
The LORD pleads with His people in Jeremiah 4:3 & 14 that they will be willing to change from the heart. He says, "Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns…O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, That you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?”
How can someone or a nation continue to live in sin without fear of judgment? They lie to themselves and others and live in their made up world where their truth is supreme instead of God’s Word. Jeremiah 5:12 says, “They have lied about the LORD, And said, "It is not He. Neither will evil come upon us, Nor shall we see sword or famine.” Jeremiah 5:31 says “The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?” The question the LORD asks is one everybody needs to ask: “what will you do in the end?”
The words in Jeremiah 5:24-25 seem particularly relevant with the drought the nation is having. It says, “They do not say in their heart, "Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest." Your iniquities have turned these things away, And your sins have withheld good from you.” Is it just chance that we are seeing increased disasters and difficult times? No, every good and perfect gift comes from God. When a nation continues to work hard, but things get worse, shouldn’t people begin to look to God for help?
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan