10 To whom can I speak and give warning? 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. 11a But I am full of the wrath of the LORD, and I cannot hold it in.
“Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them,” says the LORD.
“Hear, O earth: 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.”
29 The bellows blow fiercely to burn away the lead with fire, but the refining goes on in vain; the wicked are not purged out. 30 They are called rejected silver because the LORD has rejected them.
Jeremiah 7:1-15 (False Religion Worthless is the title in my Bible)
v4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.” v5 If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, v6 if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, v7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever.
v8 But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.
v9 Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury (swear by false gods), burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, v10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears My Name, and say, “We are safe” – safe to do all these detestable things? v11 Has this house, which bears My Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.
After reading those verses again as I share them here on the blog… I had handwritten them out when I came across them as I was reading Jeremiah on 8/6-9/14…. I am again hit with the realization that this could be said for us as America. I have studied American Literature in college and part of our reading assignments was to read authors who wrote early sermons from our history. Yes, America’s earliest authors were Puritans and Christians and men of God who felt led to come here to start a better life for their families. This land of America was a place where religious freedom would allow them to serve God in the way that they felt was true to His Word. This land was claimed for God by the first ones who came here to begin a new life with freedom for all men to pursue God without a king or a church forcing them to do it in a way that only benefited the ones doing the forcing…..
What I am getting at is that this country was founded upon Biblical principles and values by men and women of God. For me, I see America as nation for God just like Israel was and is a nation for God. Israel, at times, became complacent and downright rebellious towards the LORD and He punished them and then wooed them back to His side. America has done the same.
In this land of prosperity we have become greedy, full of pride and lust, full of injustice, murderous, turning away from the LORD and taking His Word out of every facet of the government and even our lives, addicted to anything and everything and we see evil strutting freely in the streets. Can anyone really believe that by turning our hearts and our children in the schools and everywhere else we turn – away from God – that we are better off today than we were before? Rises in crime, increases in poverty, decreases in jobs, more depression and anxiety, increases in prescription pain and anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications and less love for one another in general are not indicators that removing God from our lives is working.
With worldwide increase in man’s knowledge, scientific and technological advances, more understanding of how the human brain and body function, more knowledge of the universe and the minute atom, a multitude of behavior and sociological studies there is no end in poverty, no end in crime and no increase in love. As a matter of fact we see a return to barbarianism where in the name of religion there are those who are actually taking up blades of steel and beheading children – and much more…..
Is the answer to shun God and to turn away from Him? Has the answer been to deny that God exists? NO!
The same lie offered in the Garden of Eden has been perpetuated through the ages… did God really say?
Friends, we will face sure judgment if we do not repent. It is clear in God’s Word that if we humble ourselves and turn to Him and confess our wicked ways and turn from them – that He will hear from heaven, heal our land and forgive us. II Chronicles 7:14. Let us examine our hearts against the Word of God and ask Him to forgive us through the shed blood of Jesus, today. Let us confess with our mouths that Jesus is LORD and that He is risen from the grave. Let us turn to the LORD before judgment comes and not during or after… but even so… He accepts those that come at the 11th hour just as those who come at the 1st… so do not forget, TODAY is the day of salvation so do not harden your hearts to what you have heard, but rather accept Him, today…
(not meant to be a great piece of writing but sharing a great piece from my heart!) God bless you!