Jeremiah 2:19 (HCSB)

Your own evil will discipline you;
your own apostasies will reprimand you.
Think it over and see how evil and bitter it is
for you to abandon the Lord your God
and to have no fear of Me.
This is the declaration
of the Lord God of Hosts.

     As pointed out here, if one chooses—as Israel did—to run away from the Lord rather than to him, it is not as if the Lord needs to reprimand one because one’s own apostasies will reprimand you and your own evil will discipline you.  In essence the Lord just needs to step back and let that person be trapped by their own choices.  Apostasy in itself contains the seeds of the evil and bitterness that overtakes one in it.
     I also find it interesting that there is a close connection between one’s fear of the Lord and whether or not one abandons the Lord.  God’s people abandoned him which led to no fear of him and therefore no motivation or desire to follow his ways.  In other words in spite of all of God’s jealous love—love that, as Tim Keller put it—is fighting to keep love from dying—the people let their love for Yahweh die, and so abandoned him and now their own evil would discipline them.
     How about you dear reader?  Are you far from the Lord?  Have you lost your fear of him?  How is that working for you?
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