Sunday Scripture ~ Jeremiah 5:24

“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.'” 

Jeremiah 5:24 is set in a context of indictment for an opportunity to praise neglected, an observation of God’s perfection overlooked.

Distracted by other Gods, Israel had turned her eyes to lesser priorities and sworn allegiance to idols, forsaking the true Giver of rain and harvest.

LORD, deliver us from a defiant and rebellious heart.
Save us from the distractions of this day, appointed for worship, but so often squandered on lesser things.

Trusting for grace to live in awe,

Michele Morin


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23 thoughts on “Sunday Scripture ~ Jeremiah 5:24”

  1. Michele, it is so true that time is squandered on lesser things when I allow myself to be distracted. May I keep my eyes on expedient and eternal. Blessings!

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  2. I’ve just finished (hopefully) my post for tomorrow, and it touches on some of these same thoughts. It’s so easy to get caught up in lesser things and miss the bigger picture. Our church is reading through Jeremiah, and in a verse discussed today, Israel flat out told the prophets what he was saying was vain and they were going to go their own way. We’re not usually that blatant, but we drift that way with distractions.

    Somehow I had sailed right past Jeremiah 5:24 without thinking to apply it to our current season. Thanks for bringing it out to me.

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    1. I read that post and thought it was great! I’m always looking in the wrong direction, it seems, both in small ways (like missing the blue heron that’s standing in the pond because I’m living inside my head) and in bigger ways that tell me I don’t pay enough attention to relationships.

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  3. This was just what I needed today. I had been feeling the pressure, in my body and spirit, resulting in a less than spiritual outlook. Reading this and other posts helped me to shift my focus, resulting in a positively hopeful mindset. Thanks!

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    1. I wonder if this is a subjective thing? Could one person’s distraction be another’s purpose? Let me know your thoughts, if you would like.

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  4. I read this on Sunday morning, but I’m just able to comment on it today. Thank you for sharing, it was such an encouragement to keep my focus fixed on the wonder and awe of the Lord in each season.

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  5. “…time squandered on lesser things.”. Ouch! That line convicted me so much. I know I am distracted by lesser things. Thanks for the great word.

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