In Time Of Trouble They Cry Out To Me

The second chapter of Jeremiah is a chilling reminder that we cannot play games with God. Like children we attempt to push the boundaries to see how far we can go. Then when we find ourselves in trouble, we cry out to God for help. My father would have called them "crocodile tears". There is no repentance or even remorse. There is only the desire to get out of the jam you are in so you can continue to do whatever it is you are doing.

Listen to what God says:

"Israel is like a thief who feels shame only when he gets caught. They, their kings, officials, priests, and prophets - all are alike in this.To an image carved from a piece of wood they say, 'You are my father.' To an idol chiseled from a block of stone they say, 'You are my mother.' They turn their backs on me, but in times of trouble they cry out to me, 'Come and save us!' But why not call on these gods you have made? When trouble comes, let them save you if they can."

Jeremiah 2:26-28 (NLT)

When times were good, did these people serve and worship God? Did they thank Him for His care and His blessings? No. Instead they worshipped idols that were made with their own hands, praising these objects carved out of wood or stone, completely ignoring God and failing to give Him the thanks, honor and glory that He alone deserves. They went a step further and bestowed that which was due God onto inanimate objects!

It is at this point that I would like to be able to say, "Tsk, tsk!" and sadly shake my head while patting myself on the back knowing that I have never been guilty of doing the same. The problem is I can't and if you are honesty with yourself, you probably can't either. Who amongst us has never looked to self, others or "stuff" to meet our needs? Who amongst us has never been guilty of running off after "strange gods" like the god of fortune, the god of pleasure and even the god of intellect? Too often, God's people can be found worshipping daily at the altars of these gods and others like them until we get into trouble and are met with silence. Then we scurry back to God, pleading with Him to please help us so that we can go back to doing the same-old-same-old. Well, we probably don't say that last part but that our actions reflect it once the "danger" is averted.

Today, after reading those words which God spoke to Jeremiah, I wrote these words in my journal:

"How many times have I ignored God until I am in trouble? I need to serve Him daily and with all of my heart."

Where are we when we are not in trouble?

Blessings!

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Scripture quoted from the New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Beth M @blest ·

"It is at this point that I would like to be able to say, "Tsk, tsk!" and sadly shake my head while patting myself on the back knowing that I have never been guilty of doing the same. The problem is I can't and if you are honesty with yourself, you probably can't either. Who amongst us has never looked to self, others or "stuff" to meet our needs? Who amongst us has never been guilty of running off after "strange gods" like the god of fortune, the god of pleasure and even the god of intellect? Too often, God's people can be found worshipping daily at the altars of these gods and others like them until we get into trouble and are met with silence. Then we scurry back to God, pleading with Him to please help us so that we can go back to doing the same-old-same-old. Well, we probably don't say that last part but that our actions reflect it once the "danger" is averted"

Amen and amen! So so very true. I frequently, in reading the OT, wonder HOW ON EARTH... and then the 3 fingers pointing back at myself convict me. Our gods may not be images made of stone, but we are all guilty. Nothing new under the sun. Nothing old either!

:clap: Excellent blog! :heart:
Sandy Brooks @poodlelady ·

Oh K :princess: you surely are not alone -been there done that. Isn't it wonderful that God is so patient and ready to give us another chance to get it right.

Blessings

pooh/sandy

John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

Clapping loudly at a good blog. Thank you.

wmj

Phillip Jones @asifbyfire ·

The store where I shop has a game going all summer and if you match enough stickers to a place on a puzzle you win prizes and money. I have been playing that game but not really feeling comfortable doing so, now I know why. I was even thinking the other day what a mess winning a big gob of money could become. All foolish children, aren't we. God Bless, Phil