Jeremiah 5:20-25 (NLT)
20 “Make this announcement to Israel, and say this to Judah: 21 Listen, you foolish and senseless people, with eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear. 22 Have you no respect for me? Why don’t you tremble in my presence? I, the Lord, define the ocean’s sandy shoreline as an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross. The waves may toss and roar, but they can never pass the boundaries I set. 23 But my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. They have turned away and abandoned me. 24 They do not say from the heart, ‘Let us live in awe of the Lord our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right.’ 25 Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.
The prophet Jeremiah has warned the people of their sins and the judgment, which will come. Now Jeremiah makes a statement to the people that they need to fear God. As he speaks for God Jeremiah reminds them of God’s great creations and how He is in control. They have even forgotten to give thanks for the rain, which brings the harvest at the right time of the year. Their sins have robbed them and taken them away from God.
The Atlanta Constitution and Journal reports Atlanta’s main source of water, which comes from Lake Sidney Lanier, has about 3 months supply left. The seriousness of it is 3 months are left of water for homes, 3 months left for hydro generation from the lake, and 3 months before the river below dries up in parts. The drought has been so bad the Environment Protection Center Director, Carol Couch, said “We’ve never experienced this situation before.” Companies are being affected as they are now starting to face restrictions on the use of water. Companies such as Pepsi and Coke are looking at contingency plans. Could it be we have forgotten to praise God for those things we have taken for granted? Should we listen to Jeremiah who said, “Let us live in awe of the Lord our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall.”? Maybe we need to examine ourselves and take time to praise our God and give Him the respect He is due.