How well do we listen to the Lord? One of the saddest chapters in the Bible is Jeremiah 6. God warns Benjamin and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to return to God. God tells them of their imminent destruction. He pleads with them to repent. Here is the response of the people.
Jeremiah 6:15-17 states, “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.”
God responds to the people’s decision. Jeremiah 6:18-19 states,
“18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.”
Some of you might be thinking, the Jews were wicked and deserved what they got. They were always rebelling against God, his servants, prophets, and priests.
Although that is true, each of us must look in the mirror of Scripture and determine are we any better? Unfortunately, we are not. Our sins are just as wicked and grieves God just as much as His chosen people.
The question then is will we be obedient to the Scriptures or will we reject them. Will we hearken to the warnings God is giving us? If the revival we so desperately desire is to come, it will begin in the hearts and minds of God’s people.
We must affirm, obey, and live out Bible precepts. There must be a reason for the unsaved to come to Christ. We are God’s ambassadors here on earth. What kind of a job are we doing?
Let us be a generation that says we will follow God at all costs. Never, ever, reject Jesus, His word, or His commands to us.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001