Become Empty (Jeremiah 2:5)

Thus says the LORD,
“What injustice did your fathers find in Me,
That they went far from Me
And walked after emptiness and became empty?”

Jeremiah 2:5

As I read this I could not help but think of my country. The United States has been privileged. I know that some Americans say that the country is not a Christian nation and I agree, it is a post-Christian nation. Some say that the United States was not founded on Biblical principles, but the jury is out on the veracity of that claim.

There was a time, not all that long ago, when God was considered integral to American life. The words “under God” were added to the pledge of allegiance to reflect this reality. Today, those words could easily be stripped from the pledge and be sadly true. America does not place herself “under God” any more. And her greatness wanes.

As it was with Israel in Jeremiah’s time, so is it for any nation that begins by following God and ends in futility. We have forsaken the Way and decided that all ways are equally valid. And our society fills to the brim with people looking for meaning and purpose and a way to cope. We have forsaken the Truth and deal in a relativistic mess of things that are “true for you”. We abandoned absolutes and find ourselves absolutely abandoned. We have forsaken the Life for a debate on what constitutes “life” so we can try to find it on other planets. We are still looking to the heavens for answers, we have just shifted from the eternal Heaven to the temporal heavens. In short, we have forsaken the God Who raised our nation to greatness.

While Israel was in captivity in Babylon, the prophet Daniel prayed and confessed the sin of his nation in abandoning their God for those things which are not God. I am no prophet, but my nation has forsaken the God Who made them great. We have, as is written later in Jeremiah 2, hewn out broken cisterns for ourselves and forsaken God, the fountain of living water. As a nation, we have made other things our gods — knowledge, money, power, fame, entertainment, celebrities, and the list goes on. We have walked after emptiness and [become] empty.

Father, please forgive us. We have left You, the fountain of living water, and hewed out broken cisterns. We have walked after emptiness and become empty. Please forgive my nation for our wrong. Please turn our hearts back to You.

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