What Is the Problem?

Have you ever considered the problem – – the basic problem – – we have? Would you know how to define it succinctly so that it would be clear to everyone?

Much of the book of Jeremiah is his succinctly defining the problem of human beings.

For example, he told the people of Israel that their basic issue in life had to do with their heart problem. He said that the heart is deceitful above all things and that it is desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9).

It seems that God gave Jeremiah the ability to get to the heart of the issue and to define it in a way that the people of Israel could understand.

Jeremiah boiled down the problem of our wickedness in the second chapter of his book. God said, “For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns That can hold no water“ (Jeremiah 2:13).

Isn’t this the real problem? Our basic problem is turning away from God and turning toward things that cannot give us meaning and satisfaction in life.

It seems that we constantly do these things. We go after things that cannot bring joy, peace, or love. Like the old Country music song, we look for all these things in all the wrong places.

Because we have forsaken God, we miss all of the blessings He so wants to give to His people.

The answer, of course, is to turn our backs on our old ways and to turn toward God with open hearts and open arms to please and serve Him.

One Comment


  1. James L. Atchison
    Sep 10, 2019

    We need to do exactly what 2 Chronicles 7:14 states.

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

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