Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 8:4-11:23
Do you ever want to ask a co-worker, friend, or family member…
Why are you determined to destroy your health, finances, career, or family?
Have you ever looked in the mirror and asked yourself this same question?
In Jeremiah 8:4-7, the God of the universe gives us a glimpse of His frustrations with His children who continue to take the wrong path:
“Jeremiah, say to the people, ‘This is what the Lord says:
“‘When people fall down, don’t they get up again?
When they discover they’re on the wrong road, don’t they turn back?
Then why do these people stay on their self-destructive path?
Why do the people of Jerusalem refuse to turn back?
They cling tightly to their lies and will not turn around.
I listen to their conversations and don’t hear a word of truth.
Is anyone sorry for doing wrong?
Does anyone say, “What a terrible thing I have done”?
No! All are running down the path of sin as swiftly as a horse galloping into battle!
Even the stork that flies across the sky knows the time of her migration, as do the turtledove, the swallow, and the crane.
They all return at the proper time each year.
But not my people!
They do not know the Lord’s laws.”
This makes me so sad. How many times the Lord, must have looked at my life and said, “What’s wrong with this girl? Doesn’t she get it? She’s on the wrong road, why doesn’t she turn back?”
I believe we’re living in the age that Matthew 24:24 talks about, where “even God’s chosen ones can be deceived.” We must stay close to Him and stay close to His Word. When you have a question about a path you’re thinking of taking, ask yourself, “What does the Bible stay?” And don’t move until you find HIS answer.
This was the problem in Jeremiah’s day “they did not know the Lord’s laws;” it’s a big problem in today world too. God’s Word is the solution to getting off the path of self-destruction. Make it a part of your daily life and your path of choice will be completely different.
Heavenly Father, forgive us for neglecting Your Word. Teach us Your ways. Show us the path we should take. Holy Spirit, bring Proverbs 3:5-6 to fulfillment in our lives:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 12:1-15:21