Jeremiah 5:28 Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not seek justice. They do not promote the case of the fatherless; they do not defend the just cause of the poor.

We must go back to the Lord in times of trouble. We must go back to our God when things become tough. We must go back to the Lord when we struggle endlessly with no hope in sight. 

In the book of Jeremiah 5, the Lord describes how His people have gone and renounced Him where instead of remembering how He has delivered them, how He has loved them, His people have gone and continued to rebel. What has come to our life? 

The Lord was upset because even the priests have preached falsely about him. The priests have also spoken according to the preferences of the people and they have gone ahead to do as they pleased. Is this the right thing to do? Is this what life is all about? How ungrateful men have become? How forgetful too? 

30 “A horrible and shocking thing

    has happened in the land:

31 The prophets prophesy lies,

    the priests rule by their own authority,

and my people love it this way.

    But what will you do in the end?

They prefer to line up in the harlot’s house or lie about themselves with those who spoke deceit. Even those who have been chosen to be the people’s leaders, they chose a cushy life without fulfilling the objectives. They have forgotten that they have to defend the fatherless, they have forgotten that they have to defend those who have no hope, they have also forgotten that when they were chosen to be the leaders representing the community, they have to prioritise the people. 

7 “Why should I forgive you?

    Your children have forsaken me

    and sworn by gods that are not gods.

I supplied all their needs,

    yet they committed adultery

    and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.

8 They are well-fed, lusty stallions,

    each neighing for another man’s wife.

9 Should I not punish them for this?”

    declares the Lord.

“Should I not avenge myself

    on such a nation as this?

26 “Among my people are the wicked

    who lie in wait like men who snare birds

    and like those who set traps to catch people.

27 Like cages full of birds,

    their houses are full of deceit;

they have become rich and powerful

28     and have grown fat and sleek.

Their evil deeds have no limit;

    they do not seek justice.

They do not promote the case of the fatherless;

    they do not defend the just cause of the poor.

29 Should I not punish them for this?”

    declares the Lord.

“Should I not avenge myself

    on such a nation as this?

Back in at the tail end of February 2020, Malaysia was struggling to find a legitimate leader for the position of the prime minister. Were we in that position because we did not choose the right leaders or did we trade our comfortable life for those who have marketed themselves better than the rest before the election? I beg for you to see through the eyes of God, through the eyes of the divine holy spirit and through the eyes of Jesus Christ of how, what and why have Malaysia become this weak. 

Have we succumbed to the pleasures of life? Have we taught our children the wrong principles as we struggle to rise to the top? Did we ever teach the plans of the righteous or have we allowed ourselves to run along with the wolves and swim with the sharks? 

Are we educating them the right way by looking down on those who are impoverished because of their standing in life or skin colour? Have we taught them the real meaning of life, one that is honourable? 

If not, it begs for us to inspect the man in the mirror once again before we lay claim to what we thought is rightfully ours.


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