Peace, or no Peace? #717

13  Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is given to covetousness; And from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely. 14  They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace. (Jeremiah 6:13–14, NKJV)

God’s people were thoroughly corrupted by covetousness during the days of Jeremiah. Greed and lust for personal gain had so warped the hearts of Judah that they would not listen to God’s prophet calling them back to the old paths of truth. The trumpet sound warning of divine punishment had on effect; they would not listen (Jer. 6:16-17). They rejected God’s law, preferring the message of corrupt prophets and priests who assured them of peace when there was no peace with God because of their sins (Jer. 6:19). Sin blinds us. Sin deceives us. Sin hardens our heart and corrupts our soul. What will drive you today: Personal gain, or personal peace with God? Do not be deceived by the passing peace sin seemingly provides; “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked” (Isa. 57:21). Return to the Lord, and receive His mercy. He will abundantly pardon and give true peace (Isa. 55:7; 57:19).