For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face. But in the time of their trouble they will say, ‘Arise and save us’. Jeremiah 2:27
All is well. The land is safe. There is no danger. The people of Israel plunge headlong into idolatry. No playing on the fringes of it for them. The Lord Himself says of their idolatry:
“..on every high hill and under every green tree you lay down, playing the harlot.” Jer 2:20
“…for according to the number of your cities are your gods, O Judah.” Jer. 2:28
They weren’t just experimenting with a bit of false religion here and there. They had thrown themselves into the pursuit of other gods with all their heart. But then the day of trouble came.
They may have tried to convince themselves that these idols were actually something, but deep inside they knew that when they needed a deity with power to deliver, there was only One.
Sometimes I notice this about myself. When I am facing difficulty, I pray almost continually. I cry to Him and seek comfort from Him. But in the day of ease I am easily distracted by ten thousand things and forget that I need Him just as much then. It seems that about that time another crisis hits to remind me.
Oh, that I would cling to Him in the day of ease as I do in the day of trouble!
Like Israel, we have so many idols. Great homes, cars, jobs, changes of apparel, gold/silver jewelry/bangles/half moons, church traditions, doctrines, and ALL the things we fill our lives with as we ignore fellowship with Him. We are no different to Israel. We call our temporal persuit…’blessing.’ But God is no more pleased with us than He was with Israel.
Ga 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
1jo 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Sin is SERIOUS business. Playing around with sin is a dangerous game.
Good post. thanks.
Carolyn / internetelias.wordpress.com
Awesome post, Eirene, thanks!