The Sternness of God
Jesus, my only hope is in the work of Your cross. This is the foundation of my life. Let me build on it in truth.
Do you find it hard to acknowledge how greatly God hates sin?
What a terrible chapter of the Bible and of human history! God's truth spoken through Jeremiah seemed to reveal the people's sinful rebellion against God even more clearly, their choices driving them more deeply into their own destruction (8,15-17). What were they thinking? This wasn't a knee-jerk reaction to God's command to repent (4,5,10). Rather, they had thought it all through, having carried out a superstitious cost-benefit analysis (15-18).
Turning to God isn't dependent upon our intelligence and ability to reason but upon the state of our hearts. With unrepentant hearts, reason alone may lead us in entirely wrong directions--away from, rather than toward God. No matter how towering our intellect, we cannot build our way up to heaven (cf. Matt. 11:25).
Even the most powerful in this world are in God's hands (12,30). We all stand in the shadow of God's holy wrath against sin unless we repent and turn to him through his Son. Justice will be served. The only question is whether the penalty for sin will be paid by Jesus or by us.
Reflect on the severity of God's judgment in this chapter. Reflect on the deep mercy of God to carry this on the cross.
God, I do not want to agree with what You are opposed to. Help me to see the cost You paid to free me from a life of sin.