Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jeremiah 5-6

(January 16, 2015)
                I had two thoughts as I read through these chapters.  The first was on the common-sense reality that sometimes deceit makes people rich.  Jeremiah recognizes this, and the Lord almost acknowledges it.  But wealth and riches don’t bring happiness – we might like to pretend that they do, but they do not.  So why do we envy the rich for their wealth (even when ill-gotten) if our choices to live after the manner of happiness bring us more happiness than their wealth brings them?

                The second thought was on those who seem to blame the Lord for punishing the wicked or when bad things happen to people (even when bad things happen to the righteous).  We live in a fallen world, where misery and death are at the end of each and every road.  It is not so much a situation where the Lord brings evil upon us, but often it is a matter of the Lord ceasing to protect us from the evil we bring upon ourselves.  By so doing, He helps us to be more aware of the consequences of our own behavior and gives us additional strength to recognize (if we will) that we must follow Him or face destruction – not because He will destroy us, but rather that we will destroy ourselves.

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