Whose Listening? (Jeremiah 11-12)

16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ even as they taught my people to swear by Baal, then they shall be built up in the midst of my people. 17 But if any nation will not listen, then I will utterly pluck it up and destroy it, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 12:16-17

As I turned on the news, I knew what I was about to see.  I knew there would be at least 2 people debating each other, if not more.  The typical scene is of both people talking over each other with neither attempting to listen.  Certainly I understand that everyone has opinions, but my question is, how will we arrive at the truth if no one is listening?

In Jeremiah 11, it was obvious, the nation was not listening to God. God said; “cursed be the man who does not hear the words of this covenant.” This nations hearing problem led to her obeying problem.  God has persistently (11:7) spoke to Israel, but she was not listening.  The voices of other gods had caught her attention (11:10).

Now that destruction was coming, Israel cries out for help (11:14-16).  But all her talk was useless because God was not listening.

Brothers and sisters, when a nation or an individual is bent on disrespecting God and living in unrighteousness, that nation or individual is headed toward the sure wrath of God.  God’s wrath begins with God turning over the person to their own opinions (Rom. 1:24).  This is surly the path to destruction, “the whole land is made desolate, but no man laid it to heart,” (12:11).

Here is honestly, the only reason our nation still exists is because of the mercy of God (Rom. 2:4) in delaying wrath giving us day after day to repent.  Question, what should you and I be doing in a day when everyone is talking and no one is listening?

  1. We must listen and obey God, James 1:21.
  2.  We must speak the Truth of God’s Word, Rom. 10:17; II Tim. 2:24-25.
  3. We must with love and kindness consistently pray for those in the darkness, I Tim. 2:8.
  4. We must push back the darkness, I Peter 3:15.

God has not changed, for those who listen and obey, liberation comes!!! Let us listen and obey this very day.

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