Jeremiah 7:23-28 Reflection
“These were my orders: Listen to my voice, then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Follow right to the end the way that I mark out for you,”
This is exactly the problem with us today. In fact it is the eternal problem of human nature: we don’t want to listen to God because we think that putting ourselves under the authority of God will diminish our freedom.
When we listen to the voice of God he usually asks us to do something in our lives that helps others, be that wash the dishes or be pleasant to someone we don’t like at work. What we don’t realize is that if we listen to the voice of God our relationship with him and others changes and we grow into a much deeper level of life.
God has a plan for us but we think we know better. We always believe that the new car or house is the thing that shall finally make us happy but then when we get it we realize that we are as far back as ever, we are not content.
Then when we do an act of love we get great satisfaction, we feel fulfilled and we have a deep sense of wellbeing.
What is it about human nature that we keep falling for the illusion that outside things can make us happy? We never seem to learn and yet we are all in the pursuit of happiness and the world mocks the way of happiness that God lays out for us.
Strange, God say plainly that he will be our God and we shall be his people, and yet we don’t want to enter into the deal. We prefer the illusion of god, (fast cars, big house) to the reality of God, a deep meaningful life.
Oh what fools we are!