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.”
I am fortunate to have lived in an area known for its stork population. I so enjoyed watching them fly past our windows. The cranes around there were almost as big but do not have the same “wow” effect for me. Every year I watched for them to return with the warmer weather. They would spend the winter in Sub-Saharan Africa, something I wished I could do in the middle of those long cold months! And they often returned to the exact same nest.
Today’s verse talks about four different kinds of birds but with one thing in common; they all 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. 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.