They say to wood, ‘You are my father,’ and to stone, ‘You gave me birth.’ They have turned their backs to me and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say, ‘Come and save us!’ (Jeremiah 2:27)
If you were heading down a road that suddenly led you into a bad part of town, you might think about turning around because of the danger that you were about to be confronted with. Have you ever seen police block off a road? You could keep pushing forward, but I’m guessing that wouldn’t bode well for your future.
There are times in life when we realized that we’re not heading in the right direction, and it’s in those moments that we need to have the wisdom to turn around.
The introductory chapters to Jeremiah reveal God’s heart for the Israelites and how they whored themselves to other gods and other nations. From His perspective, the most rational thing they could do would be to humble themselves and return to Him. Why? So He could shame them and make them feel foolish? Hardly! He wanted to redeem them and to bring them back into a relationship with Him.
God is in the business of redeeming people.
You’ve never gone too far or messed up too many times. He still wants you back. That doesn’t mean the consequences of your sins will magically disappear, but it does mean that your loving heavenly Father wants to walk with you through the healing process. Is it time for a u-turn?
Father, I know that You know that no one is perfect. Every person has fallen short of Your glory, which is why You sent Christ. Even still, it’s tempting to think, at times, that You aren’t willing to accept us because of what we’ve done. Let us learn to get over our pride and to return to You even when we’ve wandered far away. Welcome us with open arms so we might find joy in Your presence.