Jeremiah 12:1-14:10 / 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:12 / Psalm 79:1-13 / Proverbs 24:30-34
“Many rulers have destroyed My vineyard, they have trodden My portion underfoot. They have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. They have made it desolate; desolate it mourns to Me. The whole land is made desolate, BECAUSE NO ONE TAKES IT TO HEART.”
Here, the Lord is talking to Jeremiah about the disturbing state of the nation of Israel. He was near to them in their mouth, but far from their minds (12:2). God’s people had allowed their hearts to be influenced by the surrounding nations – they’d fallen into idolatry and become a people of mixture. We can see the same pattern occurring in our nation today.
People have grown complacent, accustomed to worldly thinking, choosing their own way, dulled to God’s truth. As a result, countless lives are becoming like a desolate, empty wilderness. We are panic stricken by the state of our nation, yet we fail to see God’s simple solution and hear His still small voice which is OVERFLOWING with instruction, direction, hope healing and restoration!
WHY?...Because “no one takes it to heart”. OKAY…So, what if we became a people who decided to turn it around and determine to “TAKE IT TO HEART”?
We have little control over the state of our nation; who governs, who makes laws, who is in control. What we DO have control over is OUR OWN LIVES, OUR OWN MARRIAGES, OUR OWN CHILDREN – THE VERY LAND GOD HAS GIVEN US! We must CHOOSE to be ZEALOUS FOR THE THINGS GOD HAS PLACED RIGHT BEFORE US!
In our own lives, we must FIGHT to put God in the CENTER – not just symbolically, but REALLY! From there, our marriages will be strengthened, our children will grow strong, OUR LAND WILL BE HEALED!
THIS IS GREAT, HOPE-FILLED NEWS! Let’s be inspired to live out God’s SIMPLE, STRAIGHT-FORWARD STRATEGY knowing that HIS WAYS BRING ABUNDANT, FRUITFUL LIFE!!