|Others' response to the LORD is never our focus!|
By the way, that message Jeremiah was sharing is not one many like to give: consequences for choosing our way over God's way. Jeremiah wasn't the only one given that message. One who shared that was martyred. Most of Israel's prophets chose to lie to the people instead. But God is serious about people living His way. Imperfect living is not the same as irreverent disregard. None of us will be perfect, but all of us are called to seek Him.
God will stop at nothing to get folks looking to Him. His wrath will fall to move folks in that direction--not because He's mad at us but because He's furious at the devastation sin brings! In fact, He's so serious He even told Jeremiah, 'Don't pray for good for these people.' Sometimes we can 'love' people to death. Our sympathy must never lead us to be 'amateur providences' in the lives of our loved ones. What God ordains is for good. Faith trusts Him even with the people we love the most.