God speaks to His people about their sin – “The people of Jerusalem turned away from Me without ever returning …” (Jeremiah 8:5). He is not pleased with them. He is calling them to return to Him – “Change the way you live …” (Jeremiah 7:3). The life of Israel is “like the desert” (Jeremiah 9:12). This moral and spiritual desert is described in Jeremiah 9:13-14 – “The Lord answered, They’ve abandoned My teachings that I placed in front of them. They didn’t obey Me, and they didn’t follow them, They followed their own stubborn ways and other gods …” This was a serious situation. These words are very relevant to today’s Church and world. God is not being taken seriously. His Word is being ignored. The situation goes from bad to worse. God is speaking. Few people are listening. He speaks through His Word. Few people are reading His Word. We must listen to what God says and do what He tells us to do.