“The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved,” (Jeremiah 8:20).
My pastor said, “That’s the saddest verse in the Bible.”
The hearts of the people are the same now as they were in Jeremiah’s day. People worship their idols–the things they value most. Back then, their idols were carved out of wood with eyes that couldn’t see, ears that couldn’t hear, mouths that couldn’t speak, and legs that couldn’t walk. They were like scarecrows in a pumpkin patch that could neither help nor hurt.
It sounds pretty silly to worship an object like that, doesn’t it? And yet today one of the most prevalent commercials on TV is of a man loving his red car so much, he won’t let his best friend and neighbor touch it. In other words, he has forsaken his friend for his car.
Ridiculous you say? Look at your own life. With whom or what do you spend most of your time? Your smart phone? A hobby? That big screen TV? Where does God fit into your day?
The next time that red car commercial comes on, take a good look at the owner’s friend. He’s hurt, forlorn, yet persistent and ever hopeful of their restored friendship. That’s the way God feels when we spend more time with our things than we spend with Him. After all, He is the One who created all the materials that went into making that thing. Doesn’t it make sense to spend more time with the Creator than the created?
Unfortunately, the dissent of a few spread like cancer through this Christian nation. Now the Bible and prayer are no longer allowed in any school or government program. We have sown the selfishness of humanism and are reaping the destruction of our country.
“While you were doing all these things,” declares the Lord, “I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer,” (Jeremiah 7:13 NIV).
Now, the summer has ended and the people around us are not saved. Why? Because faith comes by hearing the Word of God, and we have allowed ourselves to be silenced. We’ve become a nation of parched souls from a lack of Living Water.
The good news is it’s not too late to return to God. Tell the people it’s not too late to let Him have His way in our hearts, our schools, and our government. He’s on stand-by to restore this great nation that was built on the foundation of His Word, and He will restore it when “we the people” seek His forgiveness and turn from our ways that are so repugnant to Him.
Out of God’s great love for us, He waits patiently with restoration in His outstretched arms ready to welcome His prodigal nation back home.
Donnie McClurkin wrote in his song, Days of Elijah
“These are the days of the harvest (The time is now!)
The fields are all white in the world; (People are ready to hear God’s Word.)
And we are the laborers in Your vineyard (We are the workers God uses.)
Declaring the Word of the Lord. (Share the Good News of the Gospel.)
Behold He comes, riding on the clouds; (Jesus is coming soon.)
Shining like the sun at the trumpet’s call (He’s the Light of the world.)
Lift your voice, (it’s) the year of Jubilee (Hallelujah! Redemption is drawing nigh.)
Out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes. (Jesus Christ brings salvation.)
God Almighty stands on the threshold of time with a promise for all of us. “Return to me, and I will return to you,” (Malachi 3:7).
That is a promise worth sharing.