The shepherds are senseless
and do not inquire of the Lord;
so they do not prosper
and all their flock is scattered.
Listen! The report is coming—
a great commotion from the land of the north!
It will make the towns of Judah desolate,
a haunt of jackals.
- Jeremiah 10: 21-22
“I called to my allies
but they betrayed me.
My priests and my elders
perished in the city
while they searched for food
to keep themselves alive.
“See, Lord, how distressed I am!
I am in torment within,
and in my heart I am disturbed,
for I have been most rebellious.
Outside, the sword bereaves;
inside, there is only death.
“People have heard my groaning,
but there is no one to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my distress;
they rejoice at what you have done.
May you bring the day you have announced
so they may become like me.
“Let all their wickedness come before you;
deal with them
as you have dealt with me
because of all my sins.
My groans are many
and my heart is faint.”
- Lamentations 1:19-22
Why do you go about so much,
changing your ways?
You will be disappointed by Egypt
as you were by Assyria.
You will also leave that place
with your hands on your head,
for the Lord has rejected those you trust;
you will not be helped by them.
- Jeremiah 2:36-37
I avoid politics at all costs in my blogs, for the answer to our present troubles is not in our leaders. Our greatest fears are not in our leaders either. Our hope can only be found in God. As long as the Devil is out of his cage, we’ll have trouble and strife, especially if we are Spirit-filled and born-again.
In Jeremiah 10:21, it mentions that the shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the Lord, but who are our shepherds other than the leaders that we, the sheep, have elected. People keep bashing the president, yet the present president reestablished Christian prayer in the White House. Hopefully, the government’s administration is truly inquiring of the Lord.
Look over the history of the kings of Israel and Judah. Some were good and some were bad. You’d think that the good kings that brought both prosperity and a return to worshiping the true God would give a blueprint to the people and future kings. Worship the true God and there will be prosperity. Yet, the people of Israel and Judah turned to false gods. They didn’t need the true God anymore. Why? Because they were prosperous. They quickly forgot Who got them there.
Does that sound familiar? I’ve used the Pogo quote before, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
So, who are our leaders, other than the ultra-prosperous of the aforementioned ‘us?’
Note that in Lamentations 1:19 (penned by Jeremiah), Jeremiah says that the priests and elders allowed the people to perish while they searched for food to keep themselves alive. While I saw one pay raise in about the last three or four years before being laid off due to lack of business, the company management kept getting their bonuses and our senators and congressmen kept giving themselves pay raises. None looked to God and none looked out for the people that they served. They weren’t leading, they were ‘searching for food for themselves.’
As for the quote from Jeremiah 2, the leaders of Judah went against the pleadings of Jeremiah and sought help from Egypt rather than trusting that God would protect them from the Chaldeans. All of the people suffered from the decisions that their leaders made.
Over my 60+ years, I have seen a lot of small micro steps in the wrong direction. The Great generation won World War II, and, other than going back to fight in Korea, they started big families that prospered. Then the Baby Boomers didn’t like the “work hard and maybe get recognized once you paid your dues” business paradigm. The counter culture started. About that time, a psychologist told us not to punish our children in such a way as to hurt their fragile self-esteem. A confused public refused to punish, or even guide, their children at all. The result was an increasing cancer of self-absorbed people. Then someone got the idea that prayer in school was offensive. After that was successful, others used that ‘offensive’ label as a means to go on the offensive and eradicate all mention of God in any public forum, except for the curse words. They might not be there yet, but they won’t stop until they succeed.
Each of those things were noticed. Each caused a weak, silent lament, but we kept saying, “At least they haven’t gotten rid of …”
No, they got rid of ‘…’ the next time. And the ‘…’ to which you cling is already in their sights for next time.
We only have ourselves to blame.
We need to repent. Individually first, and then as a nation.
We need to plead to God for forgiveness. For ourselves first, but then for our nation.
God was angry with the people of Judah. Punishment was coming, regardless of the pleas. The prayers of the faithful would only be answered in subsequent generations.
Are we too late? I pray not.