SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- The passage opens with a description of a drought which has brought dismal effects and distress to the people of Judah (which was one of the kingdoms of Israel and was where the city of Jerusalem was located), the land, and the animals.
- When the Israelites call out to God, He denies their request and points out that they have “wandered far” away from Him and they have no intention of turning back to Him, therefore He will bring punishment on them.
- Jeremiah ends this chapter by acknowledging his own sins and praying for God to remember the covenant (the promise) He made with the Israelites. Jeremiah accepts that God is the only one who is able to control the rain and they must depend on Him alone.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- God knows our hearts. He always cares about what is in our hearts more than what our motions are. The Israelites cried out to God during the drought but they did not repent, they merely wanted his rescue. Words alone do not bring us close to God. It is the authenticity of our devotion that draws us into relationship with God.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- It can be easy to turn to God only when we need something from Him. God desires you to want to be close to Him all the time though. Today, every time you are at a red light, pray to God and thank Him for one thing that you appreciate in your life. It may be a special person, an experience you had, or something as small as the barista who made you the perfect cup of coffee this morning.