“From the time I brought your ancestors up from Egypt until today, I warned them again and again, saying, “Obey me.” (Jeremiah 11:7)
This is the side of God no one likes to discuss. Although He is GREAT, GRACIOUS and MERCIFUL and hands out abundant blessings! God also hands out discipline for our idol worshipping sinful ways!
You may say, “I don’t have any wooden idols. I don’t worship Baal.” But anything you put before God is idolatry. It may be your house, job, careers, money, cars, TV, kids, spouses or whatever it may be. It’s still wrong in the Lord’s eyes.
One thing we don’t want is to be sending our distress signals out to God and we get no help! Look at what God told Jeremiah.
“You, Judah, have as many gods as you have towns; and the altars you have set up to burn incense to that shameful god Baal are as many as the streets of Jerusalem.’ “Do not pray for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress.” Jeremiah 11:13-14
Let’s repent and confess our sins to God and have sorrow for our sins. Then let’s turn from our sins and turn back to God so He will listen to our prayers.