March 17th, 2017
Oblivious to Impending Judgement
Jeremiah 8:5-7 (KJB) Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. 6 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle. 7 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.
The people of Jerusalem were ignorant of God’s coming judgment. They continued to rush head first into sin and follow backward ways. They consistently moved farther from God. They were quick to deceive themselves finding pleasure in serving their own needs and desires and succinctly casting away anything of God.
God’s point in these verses is even the stork, the turtle, and the crane instinctively know when it is time to migrate.
But God knows humans are fickle. Often they cannot perceive right from wrong, or they wrongly choose to ignore the inner voice and direction of God because His ways may not be as pleasurable and palatable as following sin.
Often a sinful man will refuse to separate from his sin even when pricked and prodded in his spirit by God.
Many people today are oblivious to a raging spiritual battle lying in wait on the horizon. They are comfortable and cozy in this world with their heads stuck in the proverbial spiritual sand, backslidden, and wayward, rather than choosing to move towards eternity with the direction and discernment of God at work in their heart.