Readings: Jeremiah 4 -6

These chapters are very hard to read. I would imagine the words of Jeremiah were very hard to hear for the people of Judah and Israel. Jeremiah was not a beloved prophet. There are many that wished him dead. This will be our last day in Jeremiah for now. Tomorrow we move to a female prophet. But as we read these words today one must wonder if God’s judgment once again has been poured out upon the world this past year. His fury has been poured out upon children, husband, wives, and those old and gray. Their homes have been turned over to the enemies, as well as their fields and their wives. From the least to the greatest their lives have been turned upside down. (words taken from chapter 6:11-13)

But the Lord says….. “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly ways and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. ” (6: 16) As we return to life after quarantines, life after isolation, life after death; let’s not return to the ways we lived in 2019. Let’s reach back many years ago, ask for the old, and walk in it. Let’s not forget the lessons we have learned this year. Leave the rat race behind, hold tight to your loved ones, and remember every lesson you have learned. God warns us not to forget the orphans or deny the right of the poor (5:28). Let us live in awe of the Lord our God, for He gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right. Don’t allow your sinful ways to deprive you of God’s wonderful blessings. Or your transgressions rob you of all the good things life gifts us. (5: 24-25) This is the Word of the Lord.

“Run up and down every street” says the Lord, “look high and low; search throughout the cities. If you can find even one just and honest person, I will not destroy the cities.” (5: 1) Let’s be that one person. You can be that one person; that one person in your neighborhood that turns the other cheek, lifts up the oppressed and helps the poor. We can unite as individuals in each neighborhood coming together to change the course of time. And God does change his mind sometimes. Tomorrow we will hear how God changed his mind for a short time because of the love of one person, the love of Josiah, Judah’s righteous king.