Focus Verse: Jeremiah 25:3
“For the past twenty-three years — from the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah, until now — the Lord has been giving me his messages. I have faithfully passed them on to you, but you have not listened.”
As a parent I’m a counter. I never thought I would be and, in fact, I swore I wouldn’t be. But I am. When my children don’t stop doing something I’ve told them to stop, I start counting. Judge me if you want (unless you don’t have kids) but it actually works. I’m guessing it works because I actually follow through on the promise of “displeasing consequences” if certain actions do not cease upon the vocalization of “3.” Those consequences are different depending on the level of disobedience, but consequences nonetheless.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I lose patience after “3.” Actually, that’s not true. I lose patience somewhere between “stop” and “stop it now.” Again. Don’t judge me.
What we see here is very similar to what we see in an angry parent. God is counting. Only he’s counting to 725,328,000. (btw…that’s how many seconds are in 23 years…unless you count leap year.) Anyway. God has been telling his kids to stop. Stop worshipping idols. Stop doing evil things. Just…stop it! The problem is that His kids aren’t listening. At all. They’re just running around the house naked, screaming at the top of their lungs, and leaving a trail of legos for you to cripple yourself on.
Well, the count has reached “3” and God is dealing out the consequences and there is no hope to be given. At least not in this chapter. Luckily we know how the story ends.
The point is this: God stopped counting when He gave us Jesus. But it’s up to us to stop running around like a bunch of screaming toddlers and listen to Him.
Lord, help me to hear Your voice and live in obedience. Help me to grow strong in my faith and strive to know You more and more as my Heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.