I will pronounce My judgments on My people because of their wickedness in forsaking Me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made. (Jeremiah 1:16 NIV)
May I give you some friendly advice? You don't want to experience the judgments of God! God said He would pronounce His judgment on His people, because of their sin. Friend that is some serious judgment!
Now, if you agree with that, then you will want to know what God was angered about to threaten judgment. Don't you agree?
God told the prophet Jeremiah that He was pronouncing judgment because His people had forsaken Him. They had been burning incense to other gods, which was their way of paying tribute to something. They were worshiping what they had made with their own hands. If they carved a statue, for instance, they placed their respect, their trust, in that statue. God was angry that He had been replaced in position of importance, and so He promised that judgment would come to the people.
Now, I don't know about you, but in my house we don't burn a lot of incense. And, not being especially skilled, I don't make too many things with my own hands. (And, my family is grateful for that fact, too.) So, I guess I would be okay under this reasoning of God, do you think? What about you?
But, when I realize how many times "things" in my life get in the way of my devotion to God, when I consider my thought life, and the commitment I give to worldly "stuff", it is then that I know that this verse is indeed appropriate teaching for me today. When I place my trust in my abilities or in my checkbook, I know I am failing to give God the trust that He deserves. Just as the Israelites in the days of Jeremiah burned incense to little "g" gods, so do I at times give my attention, my recognition, even my worship to that which is not of God. In retrospect, I admit that nothing can compare to who He is and what He deserves.
Dear Lord, forgive us for failing to worship you completely in Spirit and in Truth. Help us to rid our lives of idols, everything that takes our focus off of You, and help us to place You in the center of all that we are and all that we do! Help us to trust in You and You alone, even today. In Jesus name, Amen!
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