Reaching Back

I spoke to them, but they did not listen; I called to them, but they did not answer. Jeremiah 35:17c

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 NIV

Have you ever had someone not respond to you when you called to them?

Perhaps it was your son, who was playing in the apple orchard and too busy to call back. Maybe it was your college-age daughter who didn’t understand how anxious parents get when their children attending school in far off places don’t check in. Maybe it was a friend who couldn’t be bothered, or a coworker who was avoiding you.

I’m not the only one who has these problems, right?

The prophet Jeremiah saw this kind of neglect of relationships going on in his day and his town, and he called his people out on it. Disaster was headed their way, and they couldn’t bother to be bothered about it. God was calling out to them, asking them to listen and follow His leadership in their lives, and they refused to reply. They didn’t listen, neither did they answer, and God was angry.

It’s annoying when you reach out to someone and get no response.

It’s dangerous when God reaches out and no one reaches back.

When has God reached out to you, only to have you ignore Him?  When have you been the victim of someone who refused to call back after you had reached out to them?

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