Now say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem: This is what the Lord says: I am a potter preparing a disaster for you; I’m working out a plan against you. So each one of you, turn from your evil ways; reform your ways and your actions. But they said, “What’s the use! We will follow our own plans and act according to our own willful, evil hearts.” (Jeremiah 18:11-12, CEB)
Here is the harsh reality: REPENTANCE doesn’t always come! We have to be prepared. God had to be prepared. Not every story turns out well.
The Lord constantly extended mercy to Israel, but by the time of Jeremiah their allegiances were so fully toward other gods they did not want mercy from Yahweh. There is a hardness of heart that reaches people who would call themselves “people of God.”
In Lent, it is time to deal with hard edges that may be setting into our own hearts. It is a time to examine what we are allowing in and find ourselves worshiping other than God himself.