The swift cannot flee nor the strong escape. In the north by the River Euphrates they stumble and fall. – Jer 46:6
This was the judgement poured out against Egypt in the time of Jeremiah when the Lord’s people had been defeated and scattered. Egypt was a place of worshiping other gods and the people of Israel had been led astray. Now God has poured out judgement upon them because Israel tried to do things on their own, they tired the phrase, “You do you.”
This phrase, “You do You,” has been popping up more and more in our culture. And it sounds pretty good at first. The phrase speaks to the individual and tells them to just be themselves. Just go out and do what makes you happy and what your heart desires. Well, this is just what Israel had been doing, and they had been laid waste before God.
All of our actions have consequences. If we all just go out and “You do You,” we will all fail in this world. We cannot just go about doing whatever makes us happy because it brings about consequences for other people. For example, what if I really like to just go around and be drunk all the time, or I love drugs. This affects others around me and creates chaos.
No, we must do things in God’s way and in God’s time. When I do me, I run out of strength and I tire. Then I am stuck in my sin and my addictions and cannot flee them either. It is only in God that we find true strength to live a life that brings joy and peace. It is only with God that I can find the strength to do what is right in my life.
So, today I will no go out and do me, no I will follow the will of the Lord. I will not give into my flesh and lose heart. Instead I will follow the Lord and His ways and gain peace and contentment in my life. Today I will go out and love others that they too may have the strength to find peace instead of the “You do You,” attitude which just leads to heart ache and pain because it is of the flesh and has no strength to sustain joy.
To God be the Glory,