Guest Blog written by: Brad Kempson
When we read today, God wants to remind the people to keep the covenant he made with them when they left Egypt. The people hadn’t been following God, so he had put the curses on them that he said he would. The people of Israel and Judah were sinning against the Lord.
Jeremiah 12:2 says, “… You are always on their lips but far from their hearts.” Sometimes people do the same thing now. They say all of these things about God, but he isn’t on their hearts. Sometimes, they don’t even realize it. I have done this before, and I know many others have too.
God says that if they turn from what they are doing now, they will be called His people again. He would forgive them for what they had done by worshiping the idols. It didn’t matter that they had turned from him, he would call them his people again. He forgives us for anything we do, so we don’t have to worry.
Jeremiah 17:17 says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” We need to trust that God will do anything he says he will. We need to put its confidence in him.
God says that he is like a potter for us. He shapes us into what we should be. We have seen this before in readings.
At the end of the reading, God forgives the people after they have gone through many trials and awful things. He calls then his flock and says that he will bring them back to their pasture. God will never leave us. No matter what we do, he will always bring us back. If we follow what He says, He will always be with us.