The prophet, Jeremiah, has some incisive words for us which call us back to discernment. His words call us to be present to God who is both near and far. They call us out of hiding, distraction, and forgetfulness. They implore each of us to continue to listen for the voice of God which burns true in our hearts and softens us.
Jeremiah 23:23-29 (NLT)
Am I a God who is only close at hand?” says the LORD. “No, I am far away at the same time.
Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the LORD.
“I have heard these prophets say, ‘Listen to the dream I had from God last night.’ And then they proceed to tell lies in my name. How long will this go on? If they are prophets, they are prophets of deceit, inventing everything they say. By telling these false dreams, they are trying to get my people to forget me, just as their ancestors did by worshiping the idols of Baal.
“Let these false prophets tell their dreams, but let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word. There is a difference between straw and grain! Does not my word burn like fire?” says the LORD. “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?
For Reflection and Prayer:
Listening with the “ear of your heart”, was there a word, phrase or image which caught your attention you as you listened to or slowly read the text? Gently repeat the word or phrase, giving it room to settle deeply in your heart.
Reflect on what you heard. Relish the words. You might choose to journal about what you heard.
Respond to what you heard and reflected on in your prayer with God. Is there a prayer of praise, thanksgiving or petition which rises within you?
Rest in God as you simply be with God in the quiet.