Who Really Knows How Bad It Is?

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From a blogpost I shared nearly a year ago…

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 10 But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” 11 Like a partridge that hatches eggs she has not laid, so are those who get their wealth by unjust means. At midlife they will lose their riches; in the end, they will become poor old fools. 12 But we worship at your throne— eternal, high, and glorious! (Jer 17:9-12 NLT).

Whoever trusts in ill-gotten wealth obtained through thievery, lies, or occult practices, is a foolish rebel against the Knowledge of God. The wisdom of trusting Jehovah God, the Hope of Israel, and the happiness which results are contrasted with the folly and misery of confidence in human saviors. The Sanctuary of the LORD is a place of sacred security, glorious, set above the reach of calamity and long established.

O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who turn away from you will be disgraced. They will be buried in the dust of the earth, for they have abandoned the Lord, the fountain of living water. 14 O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone! (Jer 17:13-14 NLT).

The Prophet prays that incurably sick souls may be healed by the “fountain of living water.” He pleads that Jehovah God, not the Egyptian Monarch, should save them from impending danger.

People scoff at me and say, “What is this ‘message from the Lord’ you talk about? Why don’t your predictions come true?” 16 Lord, I have not abandoned my job as a shepherd for your people. I have not urged you to send disaster. You have heard everything I’ve said. 17 Lord, don’t terrorize me! You alone are my hope in the day of disaster. (Jer 17:15-17 NLT).

“LORD, don’t terrorize me!” refers to the possibility that the LORD could forsake him. He sees the necessity of the coming disaster because he trusts the LORD, and he knows that he has faithfully proclaimed the Message of Truth given him by the LORD. And, thus, Jeremiah appeals to God for protection and vindication.

Source: Jeremiah 17