Upon reading this passage from Jeremiah for the first time, one might find the language a bit strong. But this oracle is a prophetic warning. As you read on you might be overwhelmed with the sense of the destructive character of sin. But wait, read on farther and see what the Lord has planned for the errant Israelites whom He created and loves. God promises a wise shepherd to lead them to be reunited with the Him who will gather them back under His wings.
What God promised for the Israelites he has also promised for us. When we are lost in sin we have the Son to shepherd us, to help us find shelter under our Father’s wings. Why wouldn’t you run to that shelter?
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
Say to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress,
my God in whom I trust.”
God will rescue you from the fowler’s snare,
from the destroying plague,
Will shelter you with pinions,
spread wings that you may take refuge;
Gods faithfulness is a protecting shield.
© 2015 Donnie Hawley