Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord:
What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves? They did not say, ‘Where is the Lord who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that no one passes through, where no one lives?’ I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination. The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ Those who handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do not profit.
Devotion by Lynne Buell
As a prophet, Jeremiah wrote what he lived and lived what he wrote. Research indicates that he lived during one of the most troubled times in Hebrew history. God’s words to Jeremiah in the verses above appear to be questioning the divine’s ability and wanted to know what went wrong.
I wonder if this was part of God’s growing process with our world. While expressing dismay and bewilderment, on the other hand, God never gave up on us. The hope and love God has for us is never ending. There was, and still is, doom and gloom throughout the world. But God continues to love and embrace us no matter what. God must have begun to see us more clearly as the centuries have gone by and gained a better perspective of the work that must continue. There’s no use in trying to impress God because humility is a beautiful threshold into the Divine’s presence.
Loving God, help us to uncomplicate our lives so that our view of you is not obscured. Amen.