Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jeremiah 5:30-31 -- On Avoiding the Bad End Thereof

"A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?"
Jeremiah 5:30-31

The "people love to have it so" reminds me of how we bring so much bad on ourselves through our unwise choices.  There is so much evil that could be averted if we didn't want it so much.  ... And it is a tough thing, overcoming our desires for evil and learning to choose good.  But it helps to remember that we have a desire for good within us as well, and God on our side helping us to learn and to be strong enough to make the hard choices.
Although we like to blame things on others or on circumstances, so many of the things that happen to us in our lives respond to choices.  They are things that we can draw closer to or run away from... things that we can affect by how we behave.  Today, let's take the opportunity to make some wise choices.  Let's not love the falseness and the evil, or accept it because "everyone else" does.  Let's learn to love and choose the good:  To become better people and make a better world by the choices that we make every day.  Then maybe we won't have to worry about what happens at the end of the evil cycle, because we'll be looking forward to the end of the good cycle. :)

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