Comments on Verses from Prophets

Jeremiah 15:19 “Therefore thus says the LORD: ‘If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you but you shall not turn to them.’”

You know the expression, “It’s your move,”? That is where Jeremiah places God in relationship to Judah. Over and over again, throughout their history, this people have stood at the wye in the road, and more often than not, they have taken the wrong way. When we read their national story, we wonder how God has been so patient. We are impressed with His longsuffering, even if, from a human perspective, we don’t see how it is possible. It is doubtful that any of us could have stood so many years of rebuff and denial. Yet, here God is again, offering them one last chance to turn around.

Like the story of the wasteful son, God receives the sinner without catches or conditions. On the contrary, God, like that father of the parable, kills the fatted calf. God longs for us to return. Listen to a statement in the next verse, “…for I am with you to save you and deliver you, declares the LORD.” Dear friends, ‘though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as wool.’ Over and over, the prophets tell us that God wants us back. Those Jews were stubborn, but so are we.

Task for Today: Listen to the prophets because they speak for God. When everything else failed, God gave His only begotten son to lure you back to Him. Please hear His call. Jesus on the cross is God’s final plea for you to surrender your will to Him. Today is the day of salvation if you heed His call. Surrender to Him and be saved.

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