Jeremiah 14

Jeremiah 14:1-22

SUMMARYFalse visions

OVERVIEWThe land of Judah suffers a drought for its guilt in ignoring God and choosing instead to follow false prophets. Jeremiah concludes by begging God to intervene and protect his people.

BIG IDEAPay attention to whose voice you listen to, for you are accountable for your actions.

KEY VERSEJeremiah 14:22 (Jeremiah to God)
Can any of the worthless foreign gods send us rain? Does it fall from the sky by itself? No, you are the one, O Lord our God! Only you can do such things. So we will wait for you to help us.

There have always been deceivers in the world, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Some are trusted family members, and some are images on a screen. Some are easily detected. Their messages are so warped and outrageous; you can ignore them with ease. But others are surprisingly seductive. They look and sound and smell and taste and feel like truth. Be cautious. Test what you see and hear. Is it consistent with what I’ve revealed in my word?

You will be held accountable for your choices. You may face immediate consequences, or they will find you in the future, so evaluate what you believe and who you choose to follow. Remember, my path is not easy, but it will produce fruit in your life. It will bless and encourage others. False prophets will promise you the world, but evaluate the fruit in their life. If you do turn from me, it’s not over. Turn back! I am always here, and my arms are open. But turn to me today. Don’t wait, hoping things will work out. I am the way, the truth, and the life. Follow me.

Pay attention to what or who gets you excited about life. Is it a healthy or deceptive source? Pray for wisdom and ask trusted friends for their thoughts.