Jeremiah 11:6-8

During the Lenten season, members of Faith Lutheran Church have written our daily devotions.  Today’s writer is Margo Faulkner.

 

6And the Lord said to me: Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: Hear the words of this covenant and do them. 7For I solemnly warned your ancestors when I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, warning them persistently, even to this day, saying, Obey my voice. 8Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but everyone walked in the stubbornness of an evil will. So I brought upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not. Jeremiah 11:6-8

 

I have exclaimed many times, “I told y’all someone was going to get hurt if you played like that.”  I am usually saying this over the loud wailing of an injured superhero, or ninja, or pirate, or lately, a WWE wrestler.  No matter how many times I say, “Someone is going to get hurt if you play like that”, my boys will follow the desires of their stubborn hearts, play rough, get hurt, and run to me to bring healing (ice packs and bandaids) and then bring the offending party to justice (my kids would testify to time out being the biggest curse there is). 

 

Sometimes I wonder, “When will they learn?”  Sometimes I wonder, “Why won’t they just OBEY ME?”  Sometimes I wonder how many times God has asked himself the same thing about me. 

 

I can fool myself and say, “Well, if God would only speak to me as loud as I speak to my kids, then I would really know how to obey God.”  The simple truth is God calls us to obey him by doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with Him every day.

 

Let us pray:  Heavenly Father, thank you for every day that we have which is an opportunity to obey you.  Thank you for grace and mercy that we never deserve and for loving us like the stubborn children we never cease to be.  Give us strength and wisdom today to hear your voice and to choose obedience even when it’s not easy. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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3 Responses to “Jeremiah 11:6-8”

  1. Bonnie Says:

    Amazing devotion!

  2. Katie Says:

    I so needed to hear that today

  3. Carolee Groux Says:

    I think we can all relate to obedience being difficult. Obedience requires discipline, and doing God’s will. We often rebel because we are stubborn, like children, wanting to persist in managing our own lives, getting our own way at all costs. Instead we should acknowledge that God is in control and let His will be done.

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