Driving the good away

Your iniquities have turned these things away, And your sins have withheld good from you,” (Jeremiah 5:25 NKJV).

Sin has consequences many do not understand or even notice. One of those consequences is that a person who lives long enough in the prison of sin will — at some point — drive all the good away.

The context of the passage bears this out. Judah had become so enslaved to sin that it had driven almost all the good from its life. They possessed a rebellious and stubborn heart because they chose idolatry to gain the money they thought they could have (Jeremiah 5:23, 30-31).

Judah did not realize its sin had hardened its heart and pushed it to resent and disobey God. God told them what happened, but they rejected what he said through Jeremiah. The extent of their sin is seen in how they regarded God’s prophet by dropping him in a pit and leaving him to die.

There are many whose bondage to sin causes them to drive good away from them. God is kind and gives his gifts to all people. Jesus said God causes his rain to fall on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:45). But, Jeremiah told his people they had become willingly ignorant of God’s blessings giving them the early and latter rain (Jeremiah 5:24).

There is a great evil in our land that deceives many into thinking that chasing money and possessions will deliver blessings and desired power. One would think that for all the teachings of Christ and the apostles on covetousness, that members of God’s family would not pursue such to the exclusion of the Almighty. But, these days, many have.

Why? Because “your iniquities have turned these things away and your sins have withheld good from you.”