SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Scripture: Jeremiah 8:7-12
Jeremiah 8:7-12 could very well be a parallel to the season we are seeing in our nation right now. It says, “’Even the stork in the heavens, Knows her appointed times; And the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow, Observe the time of their coming. But My people do not know the judgment of the Lord. How can you say, “We are wise, And the law of the Lord is with us”? Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood. The wise men are ashamed. They are dismayed and taken. Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord; So what wisdom do they have? Therefore I will give their wives to others, And their fields to those who will inherit them; Because from the least even to the greatest, Everyone is given to covetousness; From the prophet even to the Priest, Everyone deals falsely. For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, Saying, “Peace, peace!” When there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed, Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; In the time of their punishment. They shall be cast down,’ says the Lord.” Verse eleven seems to be the core message here. It is pointing out that the national hurt of the daughter of God’s people has been only slightly, only superficially. The claim of peace when there is no peace is limited, insufficient and inaccurate. Righteousness and repentance produce peace. Hardness of heart and rebellion produce destruction and judgment. But even in that destruction and judgment God has given a covenant whereby we can guide our family into a place of safety. There is healing for the nation if the leadership will address the issues. As we choose God’s Word and as we face the issues, there is healing for the nation and there is healing for individuals. Healing is not just physical. There is more than physical healing at stake here. There is the healing for the nation. And that healing requires the selective judgment of God which can be specifically prayed like a pilot would who delivers a focused air strike. There is healing for the nation, if we will pray judgment on the perpetrators that are destroying it. Will we choose to heal the nation more than slightly? We are going to have to pray judgment to do it!