Jeremiah 8: 12 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all;
Those who have experienced God’s provision of love, mercy and His power to remove troubles from their lives are a fortunate and blessed lot but among them will also be those who have forgotten God’s miraculous power and have since backslidden. For the latter, it is rather unfortunate that they no longer remember how God once taught them and saved them despite their shortcomings. They have gone afar, returning to their own ways and more often than not, dealt unfairly in all that they do without any conscience or sense about what’s right and wrong anymore. It’s all about their selfish pursuit of what is theirs to own over what is just and fair. Such is what has been described in Jeremiah 8.
Every now and then, life will impart to us wisdom from God to deal with a certain situation. It could be for our children and their friends, or against all odds to resolve conflicts between in-laws, or perhaps untying the loose ends so the entire village can go on to celebrate the big charity sale on Labour Day. And when we’re able to overcome these challenges with divine wisdom and His touch, we will often be inspired to go another step to making it better between the factions in contention and through that, we ourselves will arise to model a walk as close as possible with God because we’ve tasted His impartation of grace and favour. But we can’t help but to be human and some of us will overtime be relegated to walking our own ways once again, forgetting what and how the Lord has helped and assisted us.
Friends, it was already written that in Jeremiah 8 that those who prefer to do things their own ways will subscribe to unfair tactics causing hurt to parties involved in the equation. It is a misfortune then for those who become victims of such circumstances because it goes without saying, some of us would go into a deal with an open mind to reap the best from the most just and fair transaction possible. But alas, we fall prey to uneven imbalances and the consequences can sometimes lead to misunderstandings, court cases, illness and death.
8 “‘How can you say, “We are wise,
for we have the law of the Lord,”
when actually the lying pen of the scribes
has handled it falsely?
9 The wise will be put to shame;
they will be dismayed and trapped.
Since they have rejected the word of the Lord,
what kind of wisdom do they have?
God had never once wanted us to rise out of our ashes in that manner. Whether the opposite party is responsible or not, the truth is God will always want us to stand upright in dealing with our counterparts so that everybody stands to inherit from the blessings of a fair trade. Under no circumstances will He recommend us to take advantage of another just because we have a larger bill to pay or that we have a larger mortgage than our vendors.
It is not to His preference too that we reap larger simply because we have more children than the rest. If at all we end up having more, it would come firstly from His predetermined life for us, His mercy, His grace, His love and our diligence to continuously seek Him and abide by Him. Under no circumstances are we to cheat, lie and destroy those whom we come in contact with because that’s the job of the devil, not us as Christians.
But one may ask, so what if I dealt unfairly? What’s the consequences? It’s not for you to criticise if I have done something wrong to someone you don’t even remotely know. Well, technically you may be right, we will never know that inflicted “victim” but God has already spelt out the mess you will get into if you do so persistently.
12 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?
No, they have no shame at all;
they do not even know how to blush.
So they will fall among the fallen;
they will be brought down when they are punished,
says the Lord.
13 “‘I will take away their harvest,
declares the Lord.
There will be no grapes on the vine.
There will be no figs on the tree,
and their leaves will wither.
What I have given them
will be taken from them.’”
And so if we’re not about to let all our hard work go to waste, let us inspect our hearts, our hands, our books and our surrounding friends, associates and families. Have we gone as far as betraying the truthful relationship we should have with each other or have we upheld what is right by God?
In holding our precious loved ones hands, have we extended the kind of justified love and care to them or have we instead dealt with animosity, envy and jealousy to a point we partake to harvest more from them in the most demeaning way known to mankind?
It pays for us to counter check our hearts, have we been fair and have we dealt fairly with them because while we think nobody’s watching with their naked eye, God is watching our every move from above, even when it is in a darkened room.
I pray that we will gather the courage to deal fairly, no matter the value, no matter the issue and no matter the people we’re dealing with. Let Jeremiah 8 be a guiding light to our wayward ways and compel us to move in His holy light and enter into His divine realm of protection, love, fairness and grace. May God bless us with such wisdom, in Jesus name, Amen!
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