- Religion and Philosophy
Make the unfaithful faithful.
Jeremiah 2 - 3 contain some real words from the Holy of Holies. In chapter 2 the Lord was speaking against the unfaithfulness of Israel to Jeremiah and He told him to go tell them about it. As it is true with every word from the Word of God, while this was written to a people many years ago, it is still very relevant to us today. What I want to talk about today are the places where we have found ourselves unfaithful.
Unfaithful by definition means "not faithful; false to duty, obligation, or promises; faithless; disloyal" as referenced when searched on www.dictionary.com. Depending on which translation of the Bible you are using, the word unfaithful is linked to treacherous. Treacherous, when using the same dictionary site, is defined as
1. characterized by faithlessness or readiness to betray trust; traitorous.
2. deceptive, untrustworthy, or unreliable.
3. unstable or insecure, as footing.
4. dangerous; hazardous
When we think of unfaithfulness we think of betrayal, a compromise, perhaps an engagement in promiscuity in marriage. If you look at Strong's Concordance, the Hebrew word for treacherous is "bagad." It is anything found offensive to the God Most High.
If you are in a relationship with Jesus Christ, it's like being married to Him. The Church (we the people) are called His Bride. His Bride (Israel - which is also His believers) was caught in a time of unfaithfulness. His people had forsaken Him. They had forgotten who God is and who they are. There's a term of prostitute or prostitution used throughout the chapters. (See Jer. 2:20, 3:2). God said His people were prostituting themselves to these idols. They were sharing parts of themselves that belonged to God and God alone.
The thought of prostituting ourselves is a strong one. Sometimes God comes upon us strongly in order to grasp our attention. He is the Lord of Lords. He can do that, and He does it because He loves us and wants all of us and the best for us. Here prostitution is not just about sexual activity. Prostitution here can be anything that takes up residency in your heart that has more presidence in your life than God. It can be what we normally equate prostitution to with in sexual immorality. It can be other things like gambling. It can be cursing. It can be lying. It can be procrastinating on doing things we know God has told us to do. It's whatever goes against God in our heart and in our life.
As you may read these chapters, and if you are in conversation with His Spirit, you already know what these areas are. So what is it that we need to turn over to God and become faithful followers on? His word says "Return, faithless people; I will cure you of backsliding," in Jeremiah 3:22. We can't unsin but we can stop sin. The way we stop sin is to confess where we are broken and backsliding (or going backwards), we turn it around and lay it down at the feet of the cross, we receive His forgiveness and we move on. Before we do that, we need to feel it though because Jesus felt that sin when He died on the cross. And if we're not feeling it, then we need to check our hearts and ask Him to help us feel it and to change our ways. We want to be faithful to Him as He is always faithful to us.
Where is it we have forgotten the Lord? Where is it that we forgot to enter His throne? God remembers us. He never forgets us. You can read that in Jeremiah 2:2 as He says "I remember the devotion of your youth..." Whether you are a matured follower of Jesus or you have no clue about this Jesus, it remains true that God never forgets. He has known you from before you were born and He still sees and remembers and knows you now. He's been with you in every moment of your life whether you see that now or not.
Turn that area over to God. Do the work of doing your best as He gave us His very best. Picking unfaithfulness will not help you, it will not make you whole, it will not bring you closer to Him but only separate you further from Him. He is what you want. He is what (Who) you really desire. Every other thing is a fake and while at the time of temptation may seem worth it is never worth it. You are worth the work it takes. He is worth the work it takes. Get to Him. Turn to Him. Run to Him. Some of you are in dry seasons. Wonder why you are so dry? Thirsty? Parched? Go to Him. Give it to Him and let it rain (see Jer. 3:3). Do whatever it takes to prostitute yourself to other unworthy gods no more.