Jeremiah 7:13 While you were doing all these things, declares the Lord, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer. 

Sometimes it takes only one person to toe the line and save their community but it would be difficult to even find one soul to abide this way. In Jeremiah 7, God asked Jeremiah to stand at the gate of the temple and proclaim some important reminders to the people. Part of the speech was to get the people to realise that this was the house of God where one should never lie through their tongues and their ways in describing the temple. It was also a place of prayers and worship which God would detest having those who oppressed, cheated and hurt others unceasingly, and then pretended to come into the temple to seek refuge like an innocent person. This was what God detested the most.

3 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. 4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!” 

9 “‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”—safe to do all these detestable things? 11 Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the Lord.

To Him, the people of Israel and Judah have turned their backs on Him. He has called out to them repeatedly to come back to Him but they turned a deaf ear. 

13 While you were doing all these things, declares the Lord, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer. 

They have not for one second turned around to reflect how far they’ve gone but have instead continuously threaded on thin ice by getting their community to worship false gods and to a point of getting the ladies at home to knead dough as part of their sacrifice to these idols. 

18 The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to arouse my anger. 19 But am I the one they are provoking? declares the Lord. Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?

One week has passed (on 2 March 2020) ever since I penned my thoughts coming out of the book of Jeremiah and in all seven chapters, God has indicated that He has sought for us, prompted us and called out to His people repeatedly but to no avail. Are you living this way too?

God had in His supernatural way brought healing and recovery to those who have crossed the line and hurt Him yet He was compassionate enough to say that He will not totally destroy the cities although the entire population has forgotten how He lifted them out of the cauldron of troubles and placed them on the path to the promised land. But once at the promised land, they have conveniently forgotten all the good works of the Lord and proceeded to create their dreamy idols to be their mighty spiritual guidance and god. Are you living this way too?

23 but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you. 24 But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward. 

God detested those in high places but never defended the fatherless or the widow. Are you living this way too?

God has asked us to be fair and just but we have bent the rules of life so badly that it’s giving shame to His name and the people He cared for. Are you living this way?

5 If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, 6 if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, 7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever. 8 But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.

We are living in a time when the world is topsy-turvy thanks to the weakened economy, the fear caused by Covid-19, the unfair and illegal tactics of political manoeuvring in governments and the continuous oppression in the world from the flesh trade, organised crime, drugs and even modern slavery at the workplace; these have all culminated in year 2020 when technology and science have reached dizzying heights that can replace human intellect and capacity. But it is also with such dominance that we have priced ourselves out of the market, placed our young people out of social standings and increasingly created strife in life that would hurt every living soul watching how treacherous we have lived our lives. This and more have been happening worldwide and sometimes to the extent of murdering someone just because of a glare they extended to each other. 

We must at once return to the Lord if we are serious about getting His divine protection and to live in the land that He has promised us so. Wherever that may be, there is a designated place for you if you so desire to follow the Lord and His ways. The litmus test is whether we are willing to wager our lives for Him first because His promise is eternal for us. Would you live this way?

If the answer is yes, it is highly plausible that even if you set foot in the desert or the wide expanse of the north and south poles, He will bless you with life, abundance and joy that you can never imagine to be so. The truth is, God has blessed so many when He sent them away from where the normal actions used to be. Think of Moses, Abraham, David, Elijah, Elisha, the list goes on. If you dare to step out and heed His call, a life of righteousness and of bountiful blessings without lack will envelope you without any blemishes or doubt. Question is, will you live this way?

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