Day 19: Jeremiah 18:1-23
Yet my people have forgotten Me; they burn incense to worthless idols, which made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient paths. They made them walk in byways, on roads not built up (Jeremiah 18: 15, NIV).
We would look at someone crazy if they left a perfectly healthy relationship where their spouse gave them everything that they needed and was loving and kind to them to go to someone who treated them bad and who caused them to become worst instead of better. We would look at this person and wonder what in the world would make them leave someone so great to go to something that is only destroying them. It’s no different than the way that people treat God. They turn away from Him to pursue everything else that only creates stumbling blocks and that only hinder them in the long run. We have a tendency to allow so many other things and people to creep into our hearts and take priority over God. Instead of acknowledging this we continue to leave Him on the back burner and pursue all manners of ungodliness as if it is okay. Any and everything that we put before God will always be a stumbling block for us. So I ask you to consider what are the very things that have taken priority over God in your life at this time? Whenever this happens we always have two options: 1. we can turn to God and repent and ask Him to redirect our attention and focus back to Him or 2. We can ignore or deny it and set up our own path of destruction as we continue to fall into the same traps over and over again. Take heed when God shows you an area that you’ve placed before Him. It may not even be something that is a sin; as Christians we have a problem with doing a bunch of activity and doing busy work in Church and calling ourselves doing it for God yet we leave Him out of it. You can be so busy doing your works that when God tries to pull on your heart you tell Him to go away because you’re busy working for the Kingdom and He’s like but you left Me out of it. When God shows you your heart, respond by taking action that leads to change.