How long? Will the hearts of the prophets ever turn back—those who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart? … Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” vss. 26, 29Jeremiah 23:26-29
The prophets in Jerusalem drove Jeremiah to distraction. Many had the ear of the king and were crafting their message to his desires. They recommended alliances and treaties that could only bring disaster, and Jeremiah believed that they were nothing but liars, just making stuff up on the fly. That’s often how it is in the world of politics. Seldom is there an effort to find out the truth of a matter before tweets are sent out and lies are being spread. And no one even seems to care. When people like the falsehood they’ve heard they just pass it on and in less than a day millions of folks have offered their “likes.” Jeremiah had tried to proclaim the word of the Lord in such a setting, believing that the truth would shatter the deceits, and few paid attention. There are still truth-tellers like Jeremiah around. They believe in their hearts that there is power in exposing the popular lies that have fragmented our society. And ultimately, we trust, their words will prevail. After all, it’s Jeremiah who is remembered and not the liars. But it doesn’t happen quickly. People love lies and the people who tell them–it’s only in the long run that their deceits are exposed!
Thought for the Day: How can I distinguish lies from the truth?