‘Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord has given to you and your fathers forever and ever. 6 Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands; and I will not harm you.’ 7 Yet you have not listened to Me,” says the Lord, “that you might provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt. Jeremiah 25:4-7 (NKJV)
God pleaded with the Jewish people to not turn their backs upon Him. He pleaded that they not worship other Gods; yet, they would not listen. He sent many prophets to warn them. Indeed, the northern tribes had been taken captive; yet, the people would not listen. In the midst of all the warnings, there did arise a King. King Josiah lead the people into revival that lead the tribe of Judah into a time of prosperity that lasted throughout his lifetime. After his death the people once more turned to idolatry and were taken captive by the Babylonians. God is a God of love; but, He is also a God of Righteousness. We are given a choice. We may follow that which is Godly or we may chase after our own foolish earthly desires. He has honored us with the right to choose; yet, if we choose to turn our backs on God, we choose to be separated from His Goodness, Kindness, and Glory as well. Continue reading How Can We Hope for Dignity to Be Restored?