Have you ever provoked God? Whatever your answer, I can assure you that you have. It’s called sin. People have been doing it since the Fall. We see it in today’s first reading from Baruch 4.
“For you provoked your Maker…you forsook the Eternal God.” Because of this, God allowed the people to fall to their enemies. “It was because you angered God that you were handed over to your foes.” God is not pleased when we provoke him. There is a price to be paid for doing so. There’s also a solution.
“As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God, turn now ten times the more to seek him; For he who has brought disaster upon you will, in saving you, bring you back enduring joy.” You see? The solution is always to turn back to God. To repent. To change our ways. Then God will forgive and relent and bring us back to joy.
Father, forgive us for provoking you – individually and corporately. May we turn our hearts back to you and do your will. Amen.
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