Reflecting on God’s Word …

Be a Blessing

Jeremiah 4:1-4 NLT

[1] “O Israel,” says the LORD, “if you wanted to return to me, you could. You could throw away your detestable idols and stray away no more.

[2] Then when you swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’ you could do so with truth, justice, and righteousness. Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world, and all people would come and praise my name.”

[3] This is what the LORD says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns.

[4] O people of Judah and Jerusalem, surrender your pride and power. Change your hearts before the LORD, or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins.

Reflection

Sin is not something the Lord takes lightly. In fact, the metaphors here indicate that the people’s hearts were hardened and in great need of cultivating, breaking up to become fertile ground for God to use them. What did He want for them? He wanted them to be a a blessing!

Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world, and all people would come and praise my name

Verse 2

What were they unwilling to give up?

They wouldn’t let go of their detestable idols and their hearts were hard towards God.

If we turn to the Lord giving up all to praise and worship the Lord, we will want to magnify Him, taste and see His goodness so that we can be a blessing to the nations!