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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Trust in the Lord (Jeremiah 17)

Updated: Aug 18, 2022

Have you ever read through the gospels where Pilate seeks Jesus' release but the crowd respond, "Crucify, crucify Him?" And you can't help but think, "How could they have missed it? How could they have missed that Jesus was God in human flesh?"

Now as I read through Jeremiah, I have that same sinking feeling, "How could they have missed it?" But at the same time, as I read through Jeremiah, I get the answer.

Jeremiah was a prophet to Judah warning them of the destruction that was about to come upon them if they didn't repent and turn back to God:

Jeremiah 19:4-6 For Israel has forsaken me and turned this valley into a place of wickedness. The people burn incense to foreign gods—idols never before acknowledged by this generation, by their ancestors, or by the kings of Judah. And they have filled this place with the blood of innocent children. They have built pagan shrines to Baal, and there they burn their sons as sacrifices to Baal. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing! So beware, for the time is coming, says the Lord, when this garbage dump will no longer be called Topheth or the valley of Ben-Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter.

Jeremiah 23:1 What sorrow awaits the leaders of my people—the shepherds of my sheep—for they have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for,” says the Lord.”

Jeremiah 25:8-9 And now the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Because you have not listened to me, I will gather together all the armies of the north under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, whom I have appointed as my deputy. I will bring them all against this land and its people and against the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy you and make you an object of horror and contempt and a ruin forever.

Jeremiah 25:11-12 This entire land will become a desolate wasteland. Israel and her neighboring lands will serve the king of Babylon for 70 years. “Then, after the 70 years of captivity are over, I will punish the king of Babylon and his people for their sins,” says the Lord. “I will make the country of the Babylonians a wasteland forever.”

Jeremiah 29:10 This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for 70 years.

So, as I read through Jeremiah and see all the prophecies God gave Judah, I have two thoughts:

  1. How could they possibly have missed the truth?

  2. How can we possibly miss the truth, today, when we look at history and so clearly see Jeremiah's prophecies came true, all the way down to the 70 year captivity?

Why are we now headed down the exact same road Israel and Judah did? Why haven't we learned from the past? Why don't we recognize that the disasters that are beginning to come upon our land are God's judgments on a people who refuse to acknowledge and trust in Him as their Lord?

I think the answer is because most people are not searching for truth but rather the reality they want to believe. Whoever feeds that reality will be followed and ordained. Whoever opposes that reality and speaks the truth of God will be treated just like the prophets of God in Jeremiah's time.

But just as Jeremiah was told not to be silent and to speak, God is still giving us that same commission today. No where does He say, "don't speak the truth because people don't want to hear it." In fact God says just the opposite. Speak the truth, in grace and love.

Because those who actually repent and turn to the Lord, will be blessed. But they need to hear the truth to trust in it.

Jeremiah 17:7 But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

Dear Lord, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that You have called me to share truth with love and grace. Knowing most don't want to hear Your Word of truth is scary. Sometimes, that fact makes me want to sit in silence or go do something else. But then I feel the fire of Your Word welling up inside of me, and I know exactly what You are calling me to do. So Lord, please give me the focus and the strength to share what You want me to share always laced with humility, love and grace. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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