It is good to question our religious customs every so often. Jeremiah’s personal prayer (v.23-25) is a most excellent guide for your own prayer, as you consider your own spiritual walk.
God was then and is today angry with idols, with idolatry.
Jeremiah ponders this.
“Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For this is your due;”
Jeremiah preaches the folly of idols, “They are both stupid and foolish; the instruction of idols is but wood!”
When we reject God, the King of the nations (who is due our worship and fear); When we do this, we put something else (single or many) in His place.
And God is angry at this.
“Behold, I am slinging out the inhabitants of the land at this time, and I will bring distress on them, that they may feel it.”
God isn’t a figment or an imagining, He’s not a piece of carved wood or burnished bronze. He is real. His anger and wrath are real.
“But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King. At his wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure his indignation.”
And Jeremiah wrestles with this. So should we.
“Correct me, O LORD, but in justice; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.”
Let’s be encouraged to think about Jeremiah’s words here, what wisdom God has for us. What does Jeremiah mean that he wants God to correct him in justice not anger (similar in theme to Proverbs 3:11-12, and Hebrews 12)? How does this synch with God’s wrath (because of our sin) being poured out on Jesus at the cross?
* Sovereign Lord,
Thank You for Your word in Jeremiah today. Please open our eyes to see and unblock our ears to hear what You have for us here.
Cause us to wrestle with what Jeremiah wrestles with. Your anger at idolatry, Your wrath, Your justice.
And please Lord, each day, show us Jesus. Mark strong on our hearts a desire to be more like Him, to seek Your face, to walk under Your will and to be about it, and to spread Your good news to all around us.