“We acknowledge our wickedness, O LORD, and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against you. Do not spurn us, for your name’s sake; do not dishonor your glorious throne; remember and do not break your covenant with us. Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O LORD our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all these things.” Jeremiah 14:20-22 [ESV] -> me: Through my passage today – Judah (through Jeremiah) makes their pleas heard to the Lord. They were asking things like “why are You like a stranger in the land?” and “are You like a traveler who only stays for a night?”. God’s response sears right through their cries; He reminds them that their wickedness and worship of false gods has shown Him that they no longer see Him as their Sovereign Savior. God discerns the heart. Jeremiah did his best to speak on behalf of his people but the Lord will not be moved by empty/shallow petitions. In the QT verses today – Jeremiah uses a weird combination of flattery and challenge in his ask for God not to ruin His own name by punishing His people. My God will not be mocked, I need to be sure of my heart condition whenever I come before my King. When my motives are based on the truths of God’s word, He is faithful to guide!