April 30th 2016
Will the Hammer of Wrath Fall on Your Head?
O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return. Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God. I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds. (Jeremiah 5:3-5 KJV)
Jeremiah is speaking of what was downright flagrant disobedience exercised by Judah. He was alarmed that so many of the Israelites flatly refused to hear both direction and correction from God turning their backs from Him.
Jeremiah prayerfully pondered why some people would choose to live so foolishly. Rather than apprehending with their heart who God was and what He desired of them? So many had foolishly shunned God and shuttered their ears from hearing Him. It was hard for Jeremiah to comprehend such a great number of people would choose to invite the hammer of wrath to fall squarely upon their own heads because of their wayward propensity for sin.
Jeremiah knew that God desired repentance and His Spirit alive in man’s heart above all. He understood God must seek judgement of any person who chose to live far removed from that which He desired of them. There are many who are living in misery, without any spiritual fellowship with Him, because of the presence of sin in their heart.
God has the best direction and purpose for all mankind conveyed through a spiritual change in their heart. This change matures mankind with godly chastening and strengthens his endurance through difficulties, and trials. Mankind cannot simply choose to ignore God without suffering His wrath for his sin.