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Warning Across Our Bow

 

Jeremiah 6

 

Though I still cannot claim as Jeremiah does, that we are on the brink of judgment, I do believe I can claim that God has fired a warning shot across our bow.  At the very least there is opportunity to hear what God might be saying.  ‘To whom can I speak and give warning?  Who will listen to me?’

 

As Jeremiah’s message was to God’s people of whom it was said, ‘As a well pours out its water, so she pours out her wickedness’, and that they are not ‘ashamed of their loathsome conduct’, I can’t bring myself to say this is the state of His church today as much as it is the state of the ungodly in our nation.  

 

I believe there is room to connect the economic disaster that is crippling our nation with the words from Jeremiah that describe how things will be ‘when I stretch out my hand against those who live in the land’.  And again, ‘I am bringing disaster on this people, the fruit of their schemes, because they have not listened to my words and have rejected my law.’

 

So as much as this may be His call and warning to an ungodly nation and world, the church is not off the hook.  It is an opportunity for all and especially the church to ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is and walk in it’.  There we ‘will find rest for our souls’.

 

It concerns me that so many are trying to carry on with life as normal; so few seem to be getting the message.  ‘The bellows blow fiercely to burn away the lead with fire, but the refining goes on in vain’.  I fear we are not heeding His warning. 

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