Day 20: Jeremiah 19:1-15
This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Listen I am going to bring a disaster on this place that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle (Jeremiah 19:3, NIV)
I remember thinking a few months back, why do we have to wait for things to get bad in order for us to make a change and turn to God? Why wait for God to cause something to happen to turn us off the wrong path and turn us back to Him? The truth is we know what does not honor God and we know what the consequences are in being disobedient so the question lies what are we waiting for to change it? God kept telling Jeremiah to prophesy to Judah the destruction that was to come due to their disobedience so it removed the excuse of not knowing that He was not was pleased with their actions. We can’t read the bible and then act as though we don’t know what honors God or what disobedience looks like to Him. Furthermore, His word also clearly lays out what the consequences are for those who continue in disobedience. Judah would come running back to God only once disaster hit but not before. Although they had been warned of the destruction to come they continued in their disobedience. What has God been urging you to change or work on in your lifestyle? Don’t make the mistake of thinking that if God wants you to change it, He will allow something to happen to make you turn away from it and turn to Him. As we know in the last couple of chapters once the people got to this point God had took His hand off of them and would no longer listen to them. Take the opportunity now to make the necessary changes to get back on track with God before He allows a disaster to strike in your life that you do not want to be a part of.