Do You Learn From Your Past?
Do you learn from your past? When you make a mistake are you able to look at it honestly and admit that you did make a mistake, learn, and move on? If we honestly look at ourselves we do not like to admit when we are wrong, it feels better to be right than wrong.
But, here is the problem, if we can not admit when we are wrong, we will repeat the same mistake or sin over and over again. We will never learn from our mistakes.
This is what was happening to the people of Judah. They could not and did not want to learn from their mistakes, even when a prophet from GOD called them on it. They were to the point in verse 16 where they flat out refused to listen, and said "We will not listen to you". They were so stuck in the sin, they had lost sight of GOD.
That is the next dangerous step of not learning from our mistakes. We become disillusioned, we start to believe what we want to believe. We drift farther and farther from GOD and the real truth, into satan's lies and deceit. I have been in this place and it is a sad place to be where your lies become the truth.
The people of Judah were so far from GOD they actually believed that when they were serving the queen of heaven they had better times, now all they have seen was famine and everything they did not have anymore. They could not see that these bad times were due to their sinful ways.
Learn to learn from your mistakes quickly. When you sin be quick to repent, and learn what caused you to sin. How could you avoid it in the future, what steps could you take to not sin again....... learn from your mistakes.
Jeremiah 44:9-10, 15-18
Have you forgotten the evil of your fathers, the evil of the kings of Judah, the evil of their wives, your own evil, and the evil of your wives, which they committed in the land of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?They have not humbled themselves even to this day, nor have they feared, nor walked in my law and my statutes that I set before you and before your fathers.Then all the men who knew that their wives had made offerings to other gods, and all the women who stood by, a great assembly, all the people who lived in Pathros in the land of Egypt, answered Jeremiah: As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, we will not listen to you.But we will do everything that we have vowed, make offerings to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we did, both we and our fathers, our kings and our officials, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, and prospered, and saw no disaster.But since we left off making offerings to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine."