I’ve started rereading the book of Jeremiah again. This time, I’m digging a bit deeper. As I do, I’m gaining valuable insight for the times we live in now.
Jeremiah 2:23 “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
Isaiah 5:20-21 goes along with the underlying precept in this verse.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
The two ‘evils’ committed by God’s people are: 1) They left the truth. 2) They adopted the fake/counterfeit.
Rather than drinking of Christ’s ‘living water’ which could give them abundant life, they sought heathen (worldly) customs which provided broken cisterns which do not offer life.
Romans 1 addresses this same issue. God’s people are still seeking their own version of worship. They believe that since God is a God of love, then any method of worship will be acceptable to Him.
The story of Cain disproves this thought.
Romans 1:22 speaks of how God’s children thought themselves to be wise, while they proved themselves to be fools. The whole chapter speaks of how we, as Christians’ often wants to conform God to our own image rather than allowing Him to transform us to His image. When we leave the source of true wisdom, we fall into sin and degradation.
We may know His truths, but we choose a counterfeit version. We may worship, but it’s only an outward observance and not from a converted heart.
Isaiah 58 addresses this. We are told to sound the warning to tell people that their way of worshiping is not acceptable to God.
Man cannot be good of himself. We cannot do right of ourselves. When we separate ourselves from the source of true wisdom, we become fools.
Many times, we can earn degrees, land a high-paying job, purchase that dream house, and have a powerful influence in our community. We think we are doing well. Rather than God sitting enthroned in our heart, we have ourselves as ‘God’ in our lives. We do not see our need of a Savior since we are doing so well on our own.
Today, we freely call evil good, and good evil. We consider ourselves the repositors of knowledge. We have the world’s knowledge at our fingertips. Again, we think ourselves wise.
Yet, this wisdom we claim to possess is foolishness in God’s eyes.
Time is running out in this drama of the great controversy between God and satan. Soon, man will reap the consequences of choosing to leave the truth and follow after the counterfeit.
Man will be left without excuse since truth is readily available. Society, in general, has no love for the truth. They choose to seek after their worldly pleasures. God will allow them their delusions of the counterfeit.
I urge each to see God’s truth and turn away from the traditions of men. The only protection for the upcoming time of trouble will be walking in obedience to God.
Something to think about.