Day 327

Rebellion Blinds

'As for the word which you have spoken to us, we will not listen to you. But we will do everything that we have vowed, burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out libations to her, as we did, both we and our fathers, for then we had plenty of food, and prospered, and saw no evil.' Jeremiah 44:16-17

Rebellion causes people to be blinded to the cause-effect of what God does. God told the Hebrews that they were experiencing calamity because of their sin. But the people reasoned the opposite: While they worshipped the queen of heaven, they prospered. The people said that Jeremiah could not argue that their ruin was the product of their apostasy.

This stubborn refusal to look straight at the facts is a malady that effects every generation. For example, many sociologists refuse to connect society's repudia-tion of biblical absolutes with the increase in crime and violence. Television producers accept millions of dollars from their sponsors, arguing that their ads can influence people to buy products, and yet insist that the sex and violence on their programs does not influence the audience.

Studies and statistics can never convince the rebel. Such instruments can be used to prove whatever you wish. The people in Jeremiah's day did not heed his words, and yet Israel later recognized him as a prophet of God. People can accept, distort, manipulate, and reject whatever evidence they see. Your only reliable gauge remains God's Word. If He said it, you can count on His doing it. Are you willing to live with the affirmation of no one but God and His Word?

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