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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lay it to Heart

This morning we were in Jeremiah 12.  Verse 11 is one of those verses I memorized a long time ago that keeps cropping up in my journey.  The context makes the verse more powerful.
Two reasons why leaders fail.  Thoughts at DTTB.
Look at verse 10.  The leaders, the shepherds have caused the vineyard, Judah to be a desolation.  We know from the rest of the book, especially Jeremiah 23 that one of the primary reasons for this desolation is the failure of the shepherds, the leaders to elevate the Word of God and the person of God before the people.  Here we find out that there is another reason.  The shepherds not only did not share the Word they "did not lay" the nation to heart.  They did not pray.  They did not care.

It fits.  If a leader who is supposed to be representing God to the people thinks that his ideas are more important than God’s, it would be astounding if that leader would think it important to ask God to engage.

Flying solo in an airplane is a goal.  Not so much in ministry, leadership.  It does not work out well.  If you want to read a little more about what God thinks about this check out Jeremiah 5:1; Ezekiel 22:30; Isaiah 41:28; 59:16; 63:5; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Zephaniah 1:12.

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