Today’s Reading – Jeremiah 10-13
The LORD proclaims: Don’t follow the ways of the nations or be troubled by signs in the sky, even though the nations are troubled by them. The rituals of the nations are hollow: a tree from the forest is chopped down and shaped by the craftsman’s tools. It’s overlaid with silver and gold, and fastened securely with hammer and nails so it won’t fall over. They are no different than a scarecrow in a cucumber patch: they can’t speak; they must be carried because they can’t walk. Don’t be afraid of them, because they can’t do harm or good.
Jeremiah points out the misguided trust of the people. They are putting their trust in the things they have made. They are in effect worshipping the idols they have created. Jeremiah points out their confusion by contrasting God with a scarecrow.
Today, we have people in a panic because . . . the Government, their jobs, their investments, you name it . . . those man-made things that they trusted in to care for them are failing them.
When you place your trust in anything other than God, you are placing your trust in a scarecrow in a field. It may keep away the scary things for a season, but your peace and security won’t last.
Place your trust in the One True God and begin to discover the peace that passes all understanding.
Tomorrow’s Reading – Jeremiah 14-17