Jeremiah 2

Jeremiah 2 has the prophet bringing God’s truth to the people.  God is recalling just how they have moved away from Him.  He tells Jeremiah to “Go and proclaim….what wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless”.  Jeremiah is tasked with reminding the people that God didn’t move, they did.  They turned away from Him and their current plight is their own doing.  When we choose to move away from God and obedience to Him, we are setting ourselves up for disaster.

The problem is pretty clear.  Jeremiah says it this way: “my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit…..they have forsaken me”.  We can’t just turn away from God without consequences.  The truth is that we need God.  He doesn’t need us.  But we sometimes go brain dead and begin to think that we are much more than we are and that somehow God needs us.  That is certainly not the case at all, but in our humanness we forsake Him and put ourselves in His place.

We go from dumb to dumber, and wonder why what happens does.  “Have you not brought this upon yourself by forsaking the Lord your God….Your evil will chastise you, and your apostasy will reprove you. Know and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the Lord your God”.  It is actually pretty elementary.  We forsake God – we get chastised and reproved.  We will then experience the result of our evil.  We don’t get away with it, not then, not now, not ever.  We can’t ignore God and His commandments.

But our response is very predictable.  We bring pain and suffering onto ourselves, and then we cry out to the very same God we just got done disobeying and ask for help.  “But in the time of their trouble they say, Arise and save us”.  How foolish can we be?  We disobey God and then cry out for Him to save us.  It won’t work.  When we sin and do evil, God has to deal with us.  He has to reprove our very bad choices.  We’ll still run back to Him, but we need to realize that choices we make have consequences.  We need to walk well with Him and avoid those sinful choices!

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