God continues, in the chapters we read today, His messages outlining the destruction He will bring to the nations that have seemingly gotten away with doing evil for many years.
As I said the last time in my comments on Jeremiah 45-47, God is aware of all the evil man brings upon man. He saw it then, and He sees it now.
It’s not fun reading about the judgment He is bringing. Just imagine how difficult it was to be in Jeremiah’s shoes, being the one chosen to deliver these messages. No wonder he is known as the weeping prophet. It’s so much better to talk about the love of God, His faithfulness, His love, His forgiveness, His grace. But for there to be forgiveness and grace, there must be a turning away from sin. And the people who are under judgment have shown that they have no interest in following the will of the Lord.
In Genesis 6, God said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever.” God is patient, but He does not wait forever. This is true for nations, and it is true with individuals.
It would be a good thing for each of us, if there is something in our life that we know is not pleasing to God, to come to grips with it and ask for forgiveness and His strength to leave it behind…to get it out of our life. How terrible it would be to continue to ignore His pleading to turn to Him. How terrible it would be to come to the end of God’s patience.