Do you believe God is warning America as Jeremiah warned the people to turn back to Jesus and prophesied of Jerusalem’s destruction and their captivity because of sin? What did they do when warned time and time again that God wants honor and obedience from His children? What are we doing today?
God’s provision, promise, and painfully pulling away from a nation and people who turn their back on Him hasn’t changed. We have changed. Jeremiah reminds us that sin has its consequences but also that through Jesus, our mediator, God’s last work is forgiveness and eternal life.
Jeremiah 2: 2-8 shares the heart of our Lord. “I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me, holy to the Lord with the first fruits of harvest, all who devoured her were held guilty, and disaster overtook them.”
Throughout the book of Jeremiah we find reason to repent and return to the Lord as a people and nation today as we read…”Hear the word of the Lord”! Writing some of those words from the Lord taken from different chapters causes us to ponder where we, the people of the United States of America, stand in our relationships with God, our heavenly Father and Friend. Ponder on these messages from the Lord:
This is what the Lord says: chapter 2 – “What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves …My people have forsaken me. Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you.
Although you wash yourself with an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me. How can you say, I am not defiled. They have turned their backs to me and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say, ‘come and save us!’
You have rebelled against me, declares the Lord. You have defiled the land with your prostitution and wickedness…yet, you refuse to blush with shame. Have you not called to me: ‘My Father, my friend from my youth, will you always be angry, This is how you talk, but you do all the evil you can.’”
This is what the Lord says, “Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:’ Should you not fear me?’ declares the Lord. ‘Should you not tremble in my presence? I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it. But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts: they have turned aside and gone away. They do not say to themselves, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’ Your wrongdoings have kept these away: your sins have deprived you of good.
Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch men. Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor. Should I not punish them for this? Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?”
Is this a warning for Americans? Are we listening…or are we like the people Jeremiah tried to warn?
“Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it. Yet, God told Jeremiah to tell all His children: young and old, rich and poor they would be punished.
“From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; all practice deceit. They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. Peace they say, where there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? NO, they have no shame… they will be brought down when I punish them…I am bringing disaster on this people, the fruit of their schemes, because they have not listened to my words and have rejected my law…” Jeremiah 35.
Celebrating the freedom of America, one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all, has grown in grandeur through the years. While festivities flourish throughout our land, how long will we live with peace and prosperity under God’s hand? The time has come for all Christians to come to the aid of our country and stand up for Jesus. Remember, repent, and reconnect with the Lord.