The End Is Coming
“A horrible and shocking thing has happened in this land – the prophets give false prophecies, and the priests rule with an iron hand. And worse yet, my people like it that way! But what will you do when the end comes?” (Jeremiah 5:30-31)
This section of God’s scripture is titled ‘A Warning for God’s People’. Reading through it, it struck me that I have fitted into this category of warning and still do at times. No, you don’t feel the same way? Well, even if we looked at three things separately from verses 20 to 31, one thing would sum them up nicely. Pride.
‘Do you have no respect for me? Why do you not tremble in my presence?’. Fear of the Lord is something we struggle with. On one hand we love the Lord as a wonderful Father, while on the other He is a Mighty King, all powerful and Holy. Yet if this is so, why do we like to go our own way, make our own path? God as a loving Father knows the road that is best for us to follow and as
He is Mighty and Holy, why question His judgement, as if He could get it wrong? Listen to what He says: I, the Lord, am the one who defines the the ocean’s sandy shoreline, an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross.’ Are we too full of self, to see that God is in control. To see His longing to heal us and set us on a course of good and blessing. He has an eternal plan. No nation or individual can thwart it, no one can change it. But, through humility and trembling before God, we can become apart of that eternal plan. Or as God’s People we reject it, no longer being apart of that plan. Then, ‘what will you do when the end comes?’ I assure you, you may toss and roar, fight against Him, but you will never pass the bounds He sets.
‘But my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. They have turned against me and have chosen to practice idolatry.’
Trust is another thing we refuse to let go of. I am still to meet someone who has not struggled with this. We are so easily swayed towards trusting our own strength, or money, or the world’s plan and others. Again, we have an amazing God, an amazing Father, who provides all our needs if we ‘live for him and make the Kingdom of God our primary concern.’ I know, we are stubborn! We live in a world that constantly tells us that we need to be rich, or have security, or to rely on ourselves because no else is going to help.
I shudder to think of how many have passed God by, stuffed life itself in a bin outside, just because they refuse to trust in Him and rather trust in things that are here one moment and gone the next. We are His People, and every day we should say from the heart, ‘Let us live in awe of the Lord our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of plentiful harvests.’ And if we don’t, ‘what will we do when the end comes?’
‘Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait for victims like a hunter hiding in a blind.’ Surely we have never done this? Oh, you have never done something to purposely get back at someone, or set a trap for another? Praise God, that He leads us away from such evil schemes and changes our hearts to love people, to love others. But, the sad truth is, there are still those who claim to be apart of God’s people and use it as a pretence to influence others. ‘And worse yet, we like that way!’ Oh yes, we have not done anything about it, so are just as guilty. We are the Lord’s flock, His sheep, not wolves who sneak in and tear apart those around us. We can’t hide from God, he knows our hearts. For if we live falsely, ‘what will we do when the end comes?’
Break down the walls of pride that hinder your walk with God. I really don’t believe that you are ‘foolish and senseless people’ and I don’t write this to bring you down but rather to encourage you. I have done all these things and still struggle with pride, but God’s Grace abounds! He works within us, purifying us, perfecting us. It is a warning for God’s people, to know the sins which may lurk in our hearts. An encouragement to live in awe of the Lord our God and rather be at peace. For we know and trust in the inheritance that awaits us when the end comes.