Monday, March 8, 2010

Jeremiah 11-14: Remembering

Yesterday morning at church, we took communion. Communion is all about remembering, remembering Christ's sacrifice on the cross, remembering God's love for us, remembering what God has done for us.


The problem is that we forget.
We become complacent.
Or arrogant.

When we forget God, when we forget what he has done for us, then we essentially switch deities.

The god we love most is ourselves.
And we chase after lesser gods that feed our desires.

Not unlike the people of Israel and Judah who have rejected the God who delivered them from Egypt, brought them across the desert, and established them in the Promised God. He established a conditional covenant with them.

But time passed, and they forgot.
They scorned the one true God, the God who loved them, who delivered them, who had promised to protect them if they would only worship him.

And they chased after gods that met their needs in new ways.

Jeremiah calls them to repentance. He says, "Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the Lord has spoken. Give glory to the Lord your God before he brings the darkness, before your feet stumble." (13:15)

The people reject Jeremiah's call to repentance, and turn to prophets who promise peace and prosperity, who tell them, "You will not see the sword or suffer famine. Indeed [God] will give you lasting peace . . ." (14:13)

I wonder . . .
What have I forgotten?
Where am I complacent?
What gods replace my devotion to the Lord?

Who am I listening to?

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