Today's Bible Reading:

A Talk With God About Coming Home

How does God feel when his people (who know better) refuse to repent?

____________ “When men fall, do they not rise again?
_________________ If one turns away, does he not return?
____________ Why then has this people turned away
_________________ in perpetual backsliding?
____________ They hold fast to deceit;
_________________ they refuse to return.
____________ I have paid attention and listened,
_________________ but they have not spoken rightly;
____________ no man relents of his evil,
_________________ saying, ‘What have I done?’
____________ Everyone turns to his own course,
_________________ like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
____________ Even the stork in the heavens
_________________ knows her times,
____________ and the turtledove, swallow, and crane
_________________ keep the time of their coming,
____________ but my people know not the rules of the LORD.” (Jer 8:4-7)

Is it really that big of a deal? I want to live my life the way I want. Can’t it wait?

____________ “Your hurt is incurable,
_________________ and your wound is grievous.” (Jer 30:12)

I’ll find something or someone else to fix me. I know what I’m doing.

____________ “There is none to uphold your cause,
_________________ no medicine for your wound,
_________________ no healing for you.” (Jer 30:13)

Are you telling me it’s too late?

____________ “There is hope for your future,
_________________ declares the LORD.” (Jer 31:17)

What would a willingness to repent sound like?

____________ “You have disciplined me, and I was disciplined,
_________________ like an untrained calf;
____________ bring me back that I may be restored,
_________________ for you are the LORD my God.
____________ For after I had turned away, I relented,
_________________ and after I was instructed, I struck my thigh;
____________ I was ashamed, and I was confounded,
_________________ because I bore the disgrace of my youth.” (Jer 31:18-19)

Is the One I’ve spurned even willing to take me back?

____________ “Is Ephraim my dear son?
_________________ Is he my darling child?
____________ For as often as I speak against him,
_________________ I do remember him still.
____________ Therefore my heart yearns for him;
_________________ I will surely have mercy on him, declares the LORD.” (Jer 31:20)

But I’ve wandered a long way from home.

____________ “Set up road markers for yourself;
_________________ make yourself guideposts;
____________ consider well the highway,
_________________ the road by which you went.” (Jer 31:21)

But I’m not sure I can make it, or if I’m even worthy of coming back.

____________ “With weeping they shall come,
_________________ and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back,
____________ I will make them walk by brooks of water,
_________________ in a straight path in which they shall not stumble.” (Jer 31:9)

But what if it’s too hard?

____________ “I will satisfy the weary soul,
_________________ and every languishing soul I will replenish.” (Jer 31:25)

But what about the guilt and the shame and the sorrow I feel?

____________ “I will turn their mourning into joy;
_________________ I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.” (Jer 31:13)

But…

____________ “How long will you waver,
_________________ O faithless daughter?” (Jer 31:22)

Are you sure? I’ve made a lot of mistakes.

____________ “You shall be my people,
_________________ and I will be your God.” (Jer 30:22)

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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