The scripture for today is Jeremiah 8:4 KJV.
"Moreover, thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord; shall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away and not return?"
How frustrated the Lord must have been with His people, the children of Judah. They continue falling into the trap of their idolatry and evil ways and make no attempt to save themselves. They have turned away from God and do not repent.
It seems so simple. If you are walking in the woods and stumble and fall, don't you get up and continue on? If you take a wrong turn in the road, don't you try to find the right way to go? If you make a mistake, don't you try to correct it and keep going? If you've broken a commandment, don't you repent and turn back to the Lord? Simple, but apparently not easy.
In the words of Peanuts, "Good Grief!" Judah was marching on toward self-destruction and just didn't seem to care. Pleasure first, God's word next.
How dangerous is that line of thought? I think many of us have fallen into that trap once or twice in our lives. Blessedly for Judah, and for us, our God is patient, forgiving, and persistent in guiding us toward Him and eternal life. He has provided us with the perfect GPS.
Thank you, Gracious Father, for sending your Son for the forgiveness of all our transgressions and digressions, and for your promise to be with us, always. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Sandy Topping Sandybt37@aol.com
Prayer Concern: Those who have left the path and not yet returned.