“For as the loincloth clings to one’s loins, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the LORD, in order that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory. But they would not listen. … Hear and give ear; do not be haughty for the LORD has spoken. Give glory to the LORD your God before he brings darkness, and before your feet stumble on the mountains at twilight; while you look for light, he turns it into gloom and makes it deep darkness. But if you will listen, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the LORD’s flock has been taken captive.” Jeremiah 13:11, 15-17
Why would I refuse to be God’s person, God’s name, God’s praise and God’s glory, when that is God’s stated desire? Not just for me, but for all! Why do we close our ears and not respond? Certainly to “be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory” is much better than to be stumbling around in the dark! O that I and each of you respond to God’s grace and enter fully into the relationship God desires to have with us! To what do I/you cling? To whom or what do we hope?