“The prophets prophecy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?” – Jeremiah 5:31
This is one of the greatest questions that could ever be asked of us. What will you do in the end?
In Judah, the people were experiencing good economic and political times. As a result, the people concluded that God approved of their lifestyle because He had not brought any judgment on them. In fact, things seemed to be pretty good. But God was not watching in approval, He was waiting (Jeremiah 29:28).
The Bible tells us that God is patient and does not want any to go to hell but all to have everlasting life in heaven (2 Peter 3:9). His patience should never be mistaken for acceptance. Just because God had not brought punishment yet did not mean He approved and that it was not eventually coming. This is what He tried to show them with the Northern tribe of Israel. The goodness of God was not meant for them to think He approved of their lifestyle of sin and a license to keep doing it (Romans 2:2-5). The goodness of God was meant to be an instrument to lead people to Him in repentance and thankfulness.
The people at this time had religious leaders who approved of idol worship. Sure, it had a hint of God in it but they had to bend God’s word to make it fit how they wanted to live. The priests, the prophets and the people turned away from truth and nobody was warning them until God sent Jeremiah. And his message was of warning and turning back to God.
What is going on in your life today? Is there something Jesus has been speaking to you about that He wants you to turn from and come back to Him? Do not mistake this time of patience for approval. If you hold on to it, what will you do in the end? If you hold on to it, will you be left behind? Today is the day it needs to change. Turn it over to Jesus and let Him become your Lord and Savior!
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9