Jeremiah Four: Playing God

When we play God we tend to:

Be judgmental,
Critical,
Give advice freely,
Make things happen our way,

Commit:
* suicide,
* abortion,
* murder,

Value:
* time over eternity,
* our bodies more than our souls,
* security of money and comforts,
* self-worth and self-promotion.

So what happens when this happens?

Fierce judgement is what happens:

“A lion has gone up from his thicket, a destroyer of nations has set out; he has gone out from his place to make your land a waste; your cities will be ruins without inhabitant.

For this put on sackcloth, lament and wail, for the fierce anger of the Lord has not turned back from us.” (Jeremiah 4:7, 8 ESV)

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“The whole city shall flee from the noise of the horsemen and bowmen. They shall go into thickets and climb up on the rocks. Every city shall be forsaken, And not a man shall dwell in it.” (Jeremiah 4:29 NKJV)

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As the heartwrenching sobs of the young prophet tore from his soul, he pled with his contemporaries to repent and return to God. His cries rang through the streets of Jerusalem, they echoed among the mountains of Israel and exploded in the ears of his countrymen. “O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness that you and your children may be saved from the destruction that is soon to come upon you!!

He warned them but they stubbornly resisted him. It’s not easy to give up a position so high as playing God.

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