Read Jeremiah 4:11-12 and 22-28
11 The time is coming when the people of Jerusalem will be told that a scorching wind is blowing in from the desert towards them. It will not be a gentle wind that only blows away the chaff- 12the wind that comes at the Lord’s command will be much stronger than that! It is the Lord himself who is pronouncing judgement on his people.
22The Lord says, “My people are stupid;
they don’t know me.
They are like foolish children;
they have no understanding.
They are experts at doing what is evil,
but failures at doing what is good.”
23I looked at the earth—it was a barren waste;
at the sky—there was no light.
24I looked at the mountains—they were shaking,
and the hills were rocking to and fro.
25I saw that there were no people;
even the birds had flown away.
26The fertile land had become a desert;
its cities were in ruins
because of the Lord’s fierce anger.
27 (The Lord has said that the whole earth will become a wilderness, but that he will not completely destroy it.)
28The earth will mourn;
the sky will grow dark.
The Lord has spoken
and will not change his mind.
He has made his decision
and will not turn back.
The passages for this week are quite harsh. They anticipate God's judgment - they point out our foolishness. We are 'experts at doing evil, but failures at doing what is good'. (Verse 22)
Lord help me to become a failure at doing evil and an expert at doing good.
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