Scripture for Today: Jeremiah 8:7 “Even the stork in the sky knows when it is time to move on. The turtledove, swallow and the crane recognize the normal times for their migration. But My people pay no attention to what I, the Lord, require of them.”
Southern California is being invaded by these dollar-sized butterflies! These Painted Ladies are migrating north from Mexico after the heavy rains. They are on their determined way to Oregon to breed. A cousin of the Monarch Butterfly, the estimated one billion are swarming through streets and neighborhoods, delighting all that have the chance to see them. The Painted Lady is called an “irruptive migrant” that sometimes migrates without any regard to seasons or geography. They just seem to collectively know that when it is time, it is time!
Today’s verse talks about four different kinds of birds that like the Painted Lady migrate. Their little bird brains know instinctively when it is time to move on so as to avoid the freezing temperatures. Jeremiah mentions these birds as a contrast to the Israelites. The people prided themselves in possessing the Law of God. But they continually turned to their own individual course, rather than following God’s way. The Law, instead of being written in their hearts, became a mere code or outward ceremony.
I wish obeying God was as instinctive for me as migration is for the birds and butterflies. But then it would not mean as much. God wants my obedience to be an intentional choice. Knowing what God expects of me is a good thing. But I do not want to make the same mistake as the Israelites. The point is not how many Bible verses I can recite by heart. He is more interested in how many I obey!
Help me, Lord, to be obedient.