August 26

Jeremiah 2:4-13

“Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel.” vs. 4

We find the phrase “Hear the word of the Lord” regularly from Jeremiah as he lived out his life as a prophet in Jerusalem. God had given him words for the people and he could not rest until they were spoken. Often the words were condemning. Israel had failed to live up to the covenant that had been established at Sinai many hundreds of years before. Jeremiah called on them in the name of the Lord to change their ways and be restored as the people of the promise before it was too late. There is no record that anyone paid much attention to his words. No changes were made and the country was destroyed. Jeremiah ended his days in Egypt. Evidently people thought the words he had said were his own and not those of the Lord. We can’t really blame them. We have the same difficulty. We hear the same language as Jeremiah used…in some of our worship services every reading of scripture is followed by “The word of the Lord.” But are those words really the words of God? We say they are…but most of us are hardly listening. Where can we go in our time to find authentic words from the Lord? Do we hear them from preachers? And when we do hear such words, how do we respond? Do we actually change our lives? Oh so many questions…where are the answers?

Thought for the Day: Where do I hear the word of the Lord?

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