“Why is the land ruined and laid waste like a wilderness, so that no one passes through?” (v12). God gave Jeremiah the answer: “Because they have forsaken my law that I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice … but have stubbornly followed their own hearts …” (v13-14). Jeremiah mourned and wept (v1) because of the lost potential of Jerusalem and its people. God had created them for great things, yet their sins were destroying them and their land.
“I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth” (v24). God wants us to embrace His love, justice, and righteousness so that He can heal us and restore our potential.