OVERVIEW: God points out that Judah’s sin is deeply engraved on their hearts. He then contrasts the foolishness and frailty of human wisdom with the wisdom and blessing of obeying him. Finally, God has Jeremiah rebuke Judah for continuously breaking the Sabbath.
BIG IDEA: Trust in human wisdom and fall short, or trust in God and be blessed.
KEY VERSE: Jeremiah 17:9–10 (God to Jeremiah)
The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
When you sin, you choose your way over mine. When you sin continually, it’s as if you are engraving your law on your heart, completely disregarding mine. You will not be satisfied trusting in your plan. You will not find what you are looking for—or what you think you want. Instead, you will attempt to bring life to a barren field that may appear to bud, but it will never bear fruit.
Don’t follow your heart. The heart is disloyal. It wants whatever is admired at the moment. Let me work on your heart. Let me search it and examine your mind. I want to engrave my love on your heart. I want to plant you by streams of water and see you bud and bloom. When you trust in me and my way, you will find what you are looking for. Look to me and trust me. Teach your heart to seek and follow me.
Let God’s word be the only engraving on your heart. Learn God’s word. Pick three meaningful verses and memorize one a week over the next three weeks.