Topic: Truth & Justice
Jeremiah 8:6b-8 GW ...They don't turn away from their wickedness and ask, "What have we done?" They go their own ways like horses charging into battle. Even storks know when it's time to return. Mourning doves, swallows, and cranes know when it's time to migrate. But my people don't know that I, the LORD, am urging them to return. "'How can you say that you are wise and that you have the LORD'S teachings? The scribes have used their pens to turn these teachings into lies.
What scares me about this passage, and so much of Jeremiah's message to an Israel about to fall, is the similarities to our own nation and time.
We've turned away from God. Our leaders, scientists, even many preachers utter lies in place of truth. There are consequences for abandoning our foundations, our faith, truth.
Our only hope--repentance for ourselves and our nation and returning to God personally and nationally.
Forgive me, Lord, where I have failed to live for You and to let Your light shine in and through me. Forgive me for being so focused on ME, I missed what I could and should be doing to make a difference. Amen.
Psalm 141:3-4 GW O LORD, set a guard at my mouth. Keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let me be persuaded to do anything evil or to become involved with wickedness, with people who are troublemakers. Do not let me taste their delicacies.