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Jeremiah 4:1-10, Gloom and Doom

Key Verse

If you return, O Israel, says the Lord, if you return to me, if you remove your abominations from my presence, and do not waver, and if you swear, ‘As the Lord lives!’ in truth, in justice, and in uprightness, then nations shall be blessed by him, and by him they shall boast.
— Jeremiah 4:1-2

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, September 13, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Jeremiah is a tough book to read. It’s chock full of dire warnings and condemnations against Israel for having fallen so far away from God. Verse after verse, page after page of predictions of disaster, bloodshed, total destruction, and all brought on by the people’s corruption.

Now and then there are words of promise, reminders that it’s not too late, that God forgives and restores and that disaster isn’t unavoidable if only the people will change!
Honestly, it’s hard for me to see what’s happening in the world and not fall into a Jeremiah-like despair. I need a word of promise, a word of hope that change is possible. It begins if I only return to God, re-center myself in what it is that God is calling me to do. I can begin by changing myself, and ask for the courage to work toward changing systems that harm others.

Have I wandered from God’s call? How can I begin to change?


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