Led to Lament // They Do Not Know Me // Jeremiah 8:18-9:3 // Oct 19 2014

You are free to reject God. Make sure that you’re really rejecting God, not some caricature of God that the church has shown you. But I, one, respect a God who not only allows us to reject Him but includes the arguments we can use against Him in the Bible.
— Philip Yancey

God is grieved over the treachery and rebellion of his people's sin for one reason: He knows that life is found only in him. But all too often, the people of God are not grieved over the treachery and rebellion of our sin, because we believe we can still have life in that rebellion. We believe God is the sort of doctor who is willing to merely treat symptoms and not the disease. We believe he will go along with our requests for anesthesia and honor our refusal to undergo surgery. But God is not that sort of doctor. He will not settle for anything short of perfect health. And he means to correct our false ideas of him by inviting us into his grief. He mourns the disease of sin that is killing his people. And he bids us to know his sorrow, to enter it with him, to grieve over our sin and the death it brings.