From the day that your fathers left the land of Egypt even to this day, I have sent you untiringly all my servants the prophets. Yet they have not obeyed me nor paid heed; they have stiffened their necks and done worse than their fathers. When you speak all these words to them, they will not listen to you either; when you call to them, they will not answer you. Say to them: This is the nation that does not listen to the voice of the LORD, its God, or take correction. Faithfulness has disappeared; the word itself is banished from their speech. (Jeremiah 7:25-28)
The Book of Jeremiah was written most likely early in the 5th century. The introduction says “The Book of Jeremiah combines history, biography, and prophecy. It portrays a nation in crisis and introduces the reader to an extraordinary person whom the Lord called to prophesy under the trying circumstances of the final days of the kingdom of Judah.”
I personally think that I am living today in a nation in crisis. I do not think that we generally as a nation listen to Jesus. We have church leaders from every denomination pleading daily to turn to Jesus and listen to his voice. The nation I live in doesn’t seem to take correction. We seem to do what we want to do, we do it our way because we are powerful leaders aren’t we? Our faithfulness as a nation seems to be disappearing and frankly, if we are not going to listen to the Lord, he most likely will continue to permit us to wallow in our sinful ways.
Faith and trust in God is the answer to our crisis. We have been told this for over 2000 years. Dear Jesus, you are a very patient God. Lord have mercy.