June 20

Written by Bill Grandi on June 20th, 2024

Jeremiah fought for all he was worth! No, not a UFC no-holds-barred kind of fight. Unless you are talking about a spiritual battle.  

In Jeremiah 1:17-19 we find these words: “Get up and prepare for action…Do not be afraid of them. For see, today I have made you strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall…They will fight you, but they will fail. For I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (I wrote about that in my June 18th post).  But that was just the beginning. In 7:1-8:3, we find one of the biggest issues Jeremiah has to fight through: faulty religion. Strangely enough, what Jeremiah had to fight with is not a lot different than today.

Here is a short analysis:

  1. Faulty religion trusts in external observances and institutions. Too many today think going to church, maybe lifting their hands, or putting money in the coffer is all they need to do.  Trouble is: one can do all of that, and more, without one bit of heart.
  2. Faulty religion exhibits ungodly behavior. I remember joking as a teenager with my classmates who were of a certain religion. They could party Friday night, go to church on Saturday morning and take care of things, then “go parking” on Saturday night and feel as thought they were alright. After all, they had “done their duty.” There is something wrong with that picture.
  3. Faulty religion turns its back on God instructions. Jer. 7:13 says, “While you were doing these wicked things, says the Lord, I spoke to you about it repeatedly, but you would not listen. I called out to you, but your refused to answer.”  (NLT). How often do we do “our own thing”? God’s Word is seen as a killjoy to our lifestyle.

It’s easy to allow what could and should be a vibrant, alive, and life-changing faith to become old or even misdirected. Let’s challenge ourselves to not allow our faith to become an outward thing but to be a “heart thing.”

 

6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Good thoughts, Bill. I admit it takes effort for my faith to remain vibrant and ever-growing, but God is always throwing me a challenge from His Word that keeps me on my toes.

  2. gail says:

    Great point Bill. I like the verse from Jeremiah 7:13, it doesn’t matter who you fool on earth, what the culture says is right, God has the final say and God is always right, you cannot hide from God. Your life is only full, and free, life changing when you understand who God is. I wish we could all walk with God like Enoch did.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks Gail. I have read Jeremiah before but missed that verse. It is a true one for the very reasons you mention. And yes, walking with God as Enoch did would be a powerful way to live.

  3. If our heart is in our worship of the One who gives us every blessing, we are on His path and are so much less likely to stray or wander aimlessly. Our current culture is so sick and sad; we need the light of Jesus more than ever. May we all shine brightly for Him.
    Blessings!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Very true Martha. We live in dark times and it is getting darker. But I prefer to talk about the LIGHT of Jesus and proclaim Him

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