GOOD CHOICES ARE MADE BY FOLLOWING JESUS, NOT OURSELVES.
Why would a prisoner escape from prison the day before he was going to be released anyway? That’s what one prison guard wondered as he answered questions from reporters. He said, “For the life of me, I don’t know what made him leave with only one day of his sentence left.” Once found, the escaped prisoner would be then held on charges that could land him back in prison for up to twenty years!
Most of us would probably find the prisoner’s escape a bit weird. And definitely short-sighted! But we’re often just short-sighted in our own lives. What about the times we do things or say things we know are hurtful or selfish? What about when we ignore what our friends want so we can do what we want? We often enjoy a few moments of getting our own way, even though it then leads to feeling guilty for a long time.
Jeremiah reminds us that we should live for God, not ourselves, knowing that short-term gain can bring long-term pain. Our selfishness never looks ahead to the results. So we need to keep our eyes on Jesus, not ourselves.
“Should you not fear me?” declares the LORD. “Should you not tremble in my presence?”