Jeremiah 8:15-17 – “We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and there was trouble! 16 The snorting of His horses was heard from Dan. The whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of His strong ones; for they have come and devoured the land and all that is in it, the city and those who dwell in it.” 17 “For behold, I will send serpents among you, Vipers which cannot be charmed, and they shall bite you,” says the LORD.” NKJV
I fully understand this is a prophecy to the nation of Israel in Jeremiah’s time but can the same be said of us here in the United States of America? Our nation seems to be driven to achieve ‘equality’ and ‘tolerance’ at all costs. That most assuredly is the message that many of various ideological perspectives seem to be advancing and I must ask, “Can we call that good?”
Israel was in a time when they desperately sought peace but found turmoil. The more they attempted to appease their enemies and the more they adopted the philosophy and wisdom of man they further they found themselves from real peace. The absence of conflict does not equate to peace. They wanted health physically, emotionally, socially, politically and religiously but instead found problem after problem arising because of men’s depraved hearts.
God told them that because of the condition of their hearts and their turning from Him to the arm of flesh their enemies would invade the land and no city or village would be safe. He then made the astounding declaration in verse 17, “For behold, I will send serpents among you, Vipers which cannot be charmed, and they shall bite you, says the Lord.” That is incredible! I believe it is a picture of where we are in America today. The snakes are coming or are already here and try as we might we cannot charm them and the very thing we sought to implement in our world is biting us.
There is only ONE TRUE GOD and that is Jehovah, the God of the Bible. There is only ONE WAY TO GOD and that is through the Christ of the Cross, Jesus. Embracing every religion under the sun and every lifestyle known to man will only bring the serpents not salvation. I am all for allowing people to worship according to the dictates of their heart so long as it is not destructive and dangerous for others but when the Church vacates her convictions for political correctness and the modernistic philosophies of everything goes and is good we will see the decay of our society and the serpent will bite us refusing to be charmed.
Jeremiah repeatedly called upon Israel to repent from their backsliding and return to the Lord. I call for the church and the nation to repent of leaving our first love, reject the ideology and philosophy that there are many roads to heaven and RETURN to the Lord with a whole heart. Judgment is either upon us or pending and without repentance we will see the serpents that will not be charmed in our land and lives.
My heart is broken today and I feel compelled to cry out to God for forgiveness and seek restoration. I ask that God guard my heart and guide my life so that I seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. Oh Lord, create in me a clean heart and restore in me a right spirit in any area that I am deficient. I will tread on serpents not be bitten by them.
May God be with you as you go through your day!