Day 14: Jeremiah 13:1- 27
Your adulteries and lustful neighings, your shameless prostitution! I have seen your destestable acts on the hills and in the fields. Woe to you, Jerusalem! How long will you be unclean? (Jeremiah 13:27, NIV)
“How long will you be unclean?” God asks the people how long will you remain in sin? How long will you continue in your idolatrous ways? How long before you return back to Me? The great thing about God is that He is not going to make any of us do anything that we do not want to do. He has given us free will to make the choice to follow after Him. At some point the decision has to be made that you are either going to be fully for God or fully against Him. So many people have the misconception that living for God is boring, which is a complete lie, and so they feel as though they have to sow all their wild oats and have all their “fun” before they give their life to Him. I remember being a teenager and attending church and thinking I’ll do the whole praise and worship and living for God thing when I become an adult and at the time becoming an adult to me meant in my late 30s or 40s. Remind you Jeremiah was a young man when God called Him to be a prophet so we know that God doesn’t give us an age bracket of when it’s okay to start serving Him as though the other years don’t count. However, I thought this because I felt as though I didn’t want to waste my youth doing church activities or being so “holier than Thou.”
The problem with this thought process that so many people have is that they buy the lie that the devil is selling which is that we all have forever to give our lives to God. What we have to understand is that anything that we continue to put off doing we eventually lose the desire to do it. The longer we remain attached to the things in the world the more we conform to it and become desensitized to sin to the point that we don’t see anything wrong with it and we don’t feel a need to repent. That is a dangerous place to be in because just as Judah who heard the warnings of God’s destruction that was to come, they didn’t care. When you get to a position where you no longer care about the consequences of disobeying God you have put yourself in a dangerous position. Do not put off your repentance for another day. All of us have an area that God has been wanting us to fully surrender to Him and to not return to. It’s time to stop putting off to tomorrow and the next day to deal with and address the sin in our hearts before God starts dealing with it in His wrath.
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