Text: : "I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle. Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the Lord." - Jeremiah 8:6, 7.
Comment: The Almighty Father in the text for today laments the unrepentant attitude of some of the Jews of old, which conduct some put up today. Ordinarily, when people fall down or realize that they are headed in the wrong direction, it is only proper for them to get up or change direction. But unfortunately, the Jews who pride themselves as custodians of the law of God were living sinful lives by choice and, to compound it all, were deceiving themselves that there would be no consequences. But as sure as night follows day, consequences do occur. God told the Jews, “You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.” (Amos 3:2) He also said, “Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.” (Jeremiah 5:25) The essence of watching and praying is for one to take warning, repent thoroughly for wrong done and amend one's ways to avert impending danger. – Romans 13:11-14.
Literally, the idiomatic expression "To be forewarned is to be forearmed" which means "prior knowledge of possible dangers or problems gives one a tactical advantage" cautions people to act properly to avoid danger. Those who heed such warnings find protection from trouble by His grace. Taking these spiritual warnings will secure for one safety and abundant blessings from God at this present time and salvation in the world to come all by His grace. - Zephaniah 2:1-3; Luke 21:28.