Jeremiah 6 tells of destruction coming to Jerusalem, led by God’s hand because of the people’s rebellion against Him. They were going through the motions of the right things, but they were living a lie. They wanted their own way because they thought it best, but God knew better. He knew they were ruining themselves and so it was time to stop the cancer. Some might see His “punishments” as mean-spirited or may think He does that because He is a demanding God who just wants His own way. But it is His love that drives Him. He doesn’t want it to come to this! In the midst of doom being pronounced, the prophet implores the people to repent because God is still crying out to them to do so: “Thus says the LORD, ‘Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls'” (verse 16, NASB). But the sad truth comes next: “But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ And I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen'” (verses 16b-17, NASB).
Are we there today? Am I there? Let each one examine his own heart. 2 Corinthians 13:5 tells us to test ourselves to see if we are in the faith. Galatians 6:4 tells us to examine what we are doing. Are we living to please God? We must ask Him for His evaluation of our hearts (1 Thessalonians 2:4; Psalm 139:23-24). He knows the difference between a child who struggles but seeks Him, and a rebellious child. Will you heed His call and return to the secure peace of His wonderful love while He still withholds His judgment?