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Jeremiah 5


Reading Jeremiah reminds me a little of listening to Glenn Beck. 


Jer. 5:12, 13 They have lied about the Lord; they said, ‘He will do nothing!  No harm will come to us; we will never see sword or famine.  The prophets are but wind and the word is not in them.’


Jer. 5:24, 25 They do not say to themselves, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God who gives us spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’  Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good. 


Jer. 5:31 The prophets prophecy lies and my people love it this way.  But what will you do in the end?


I’m convinced the saddest part for God in His reaching the point that judgment becomes necessary, is His understanding of the good of which our sins have deprived us.  Even when we just fall a little short, we sometimes think God is just waiting to hammer us; nothing could be further from the truth.


Blatant disregard was the case here, not shortcomings.  Shortcomings will not bring God’s judgment, but they can keep us from His good.  As it takes blatant disregard to bring judgment, I believe it takes blatant (brazenly obvious) regard to experience the good He has planned for our lives.


There is a middle of the road limbo where we do neither.  We may not go wholly after our sinful cravings, but neither do we go wholly after God.  We neither enjoy the pleasures of sin nor God’s goodness.  It is a most unfortunate place to be.


God is not waiting to hammer us for our wrongs, He is longing for us to experience the good He has for us.  Help me oh Lord to not be distracted that I might go wholly after You, for only then will I experience the good You have planned for me. 



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