God has give us so much in our understanding of his ways, his will, and his expectations, and still we end up wise in our own eyes, which is no wisdom at all. We charge head-strong down our own paths, while God wants us to pursue him and his direction…
4 “Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says:
“‘When people fall down, do they not get up?
When someone turns away, do they not return?
5 Why then have these people turned away?
Why does Jerusalem always turn away?
They cling to deceit;
they refuse to return.
6 I have listened attentively,
but they do not say what is right.
None of them repent of their wickedness,
saying, “What have I done?”
Each pursues their own course
like a horse charging into battle.
7 My people do not know
the requirements of the Lord.
8 “‘How can you say, “We are wise,
for we have the law of the Lord,”
when actually the lying pen of the scribes
has handled it falsely?
9 The wise will be put to shame;
they will be dismayed and trapped.
Since they have rejected the word of the Lord,
what kind of wisdom do they have?
Jeremiah 8:4-6, 7-9
The Lord is frustrated by the ongoing sin of his people because it seems counter-productive. When you fall, you get up. You don’t intentionally keep falling and hurting yourself.
The people of Judah were continuing to fall. They were turning away, and then turning further away, never turning back. The refused to return, clinging to the deceit of their waywardness. They were like horses charging into battle.
Wow… isn’t that a good picture of how we get ourselves into sin? We charge ahead, often head-strong in our own wisdom and then we find ourselves falling on the battle field because we didn’t listen to the Lord or read the signs or hold ourselves back in self-control.
Even though God has give us so much in our understanding of his ways, his will, and his expectations of us as his children, we, like the people of Judah, often find ourselves not knowing the requirements of the Lord (vs 7). Or we simply choose to forget them.
We end up wise in our own eyes, which is no wisdom at all (vs 9).
Reflect on your last week. Have you fit this description in your walk with the Lord and your walk down your own paths? Are you asking God at every step to direct and lead you, or are you asking him to bless the plans you have already made in your human wisdom?
Stop pursuing your own course like a horse charging into battle. Pursue God and his course for you…