September 4, 2014 – Jeremiah 10:17-25

We Are Leaders – It’s What We Do

**  Oh, good.  We’re back to prophesying about Israel’s destruction.  I’ve missed that…

v19-20 – …Yet I said to myself, “This is my sickness, and I must endure it.”  My tent is destroyed; all its ropes are snapped.  My sons are gone from me and are no more…
**  My sickness – my transgressions against God – impact my entire family.  And although the verse doesn’t specifically mention it, my actions impact my friends, my coworkers, my church, my community…  We are leaders – it’s what we do.  We may not think of ourselves as a leader, but any path we walk down someone will follow.  Some may stand up and go their own way, but people will follow us regardless of where we are heading.  Our poor actions have the power to lead people to or away from God.

v23…it is not for man to direct his steps.
**  If people are going to follow us, we had better make sure we are leading them in the right direction.  I’m not smart enough to figure out what that direction is, and even though I like you because you’re reading my rambling thoughts, you’re not smart enough either.  We must submit to God’s direction in our lives or we WILL lead people astray.

v24Correct me, LORD, but only with justice – not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing.
**  We must also accept God’s discipline (but please, God, don’t punish me when you’re angry!).  This really is important, and it does fit the theme, but mainly I had to add it because I thought it was a little funny.  Maybe I’m just twisted like that.

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