God likes honesty. In fact, He is searching for it (Jeremiah 5:3). Part of honesty is an accurate assessment of where we are and what it will take to fix it. God has chosen pastors as His voice of truth in an age of dissimilation.
One of the criticisms of the leaders during Jeremiah’s time was that “They offer superficial treatments for my people’s mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when there is no peace.” The problems facing God’s people and our culture are serious and require honest assessment. The leaders of the day glossed over the real issues and they never offered real solutions.
The honest truth needs to be offered so that people are not lulled into a false sense of security. We are not okay so long as we are disconnected from God. It is the most risky proposition of all. As a part of the family of God, we have to be clear that the safest place to be is in relationship with God. This is the truth we must present to everyone who will listen.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Jeremiah 6:16-8:7; Colossians 2:8-23; Psalm 78:1-31; Proverbs 24:26