“They stubbornly hold on to their illusions, refuse to change direction.” --Jeremiah 8:5b (The Message)
Lexi and I generally set out for our walk with a route in mind. (We don’t always have the same route in mind, certainly.) But sometimes we have to change direction. We might be forced to change course to avoid an oncoming person or dog or construction truck. We might be diverted if the street is flooded or the sidewalk is closed. Whatever walk I envision, I have to accept the reality on the ground. The Israelites won’t accept reality, Jeremiah says. They cling to their illusions instead. They’re too stubborn to change direction. They persist in their pre-determined course even though they’re drifting off course. And they’re getting further away from God. When we walk in faith, we have to be willing to change direction to avoid temptation, obstacles, or danger—and, above all, to stay close to God.
Dear God, Help me to change direction when I need to so that I am always walking with you. Amen