Going After Worthlessness

I was reading my Bible the other day, and I came across this passage:

2…“I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed me in the wilderness, in a land not sown. 3 Israel was holy to the LORD, the firstfruits of his harvest. All who ate of it incurred guilt; disaster came upon them, declares the LORD.”  5 Thus says the LORD: “What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless? They did not say, ‘Where is the LORD who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that none passes through, where no man dwells?’ And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things. But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination. 8 The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’ Those who handle the law did not know me; the shepherds transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal and went after things that do not profit. 9 “Therefore I still contend with you, declares the LORD, and with your children’s children I will contend. 10 For cross to the coasts of Cyprus and see, or send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has been such a thing. 11 Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. 12 Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD, 13 for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. 14 “Is Israel a slave? Is he a homeborn servant? Why then has he become a prey?

Jeremiah 2:2-14 ESV (I have removed some verses or parts of verses for the ease of reading. Feel free to read it full-length or even in a different version)

 

It just grabbed at me, made me really think. It tells the story of someone so devoted to God, willing to follow Him anywhere. But then they went after worthlessness and BECAME worthless. “Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate”–this is what God thinks of those who stray from Him, going away from that deeper place in God and becoming shallow.

This is SUCH a powerful thought!

We all have been at a place in our walk with God where we are very similar to a new bride. We are SO in love with Him that we are–without hesitation–willing to go anywhere and do anything. Whatever He asks, we will do; we’ll follow Him to the ends of the earth and enjoy it. We’ll spend hours in prayer, simply because we love to spend time with Him. We pour over His Word, because we desperately want to hear His voice.

Then life creeps up. We want to do what we want to do, our flesh fighting for dominion. Suddenly, we find ourselves losing that raw hunger and drive for those deep prayer times we’ve been having. Yes, we still pray. But it isn’t the same. It all becomes ho-hum. And, eventually, reading the Bible becomes simply a task. We forget the great memories of services and prayer meetings where God evermore moved. We forget the times where He stepped in a situation and completely turned it around. We forget the miracles and all the memorials we’ve built. We go after the pure worthlessness of extra sleep or reading or whatever else fills our time. And we become worthless.

Again, such a powerful thought.

For those who have heard the message, verse 13 really goes with Bro. Garrett’s message “Spring Up, Oh Well!” I can’t re-preach it, but those that were at Heritage 2018 will remember. Why do why try to dig our own wells/go our own paths? When all they become are broken cisterns which can hold no water? There is no possible way we can go after our own paths and still be a vessel that is usable. Everything He puts in us will just pour right out. We absolutely must go after His will and the things of Him. We have to go His way! Nothing will work if we don’t.

I hope this post inspires you as it has me; there are so many treasures to be found in God’s Word! (By the way, this blog post fits in with what I am talking about and is great! It has a non-Apostolic author, but it’s still very applicable. Also, my close friend, Lauren–whom y’all have heard much about haha–wrote a post that has a similar feel to this one here.😉)

13 thoughts on “Going After Worthlessness

  1. I am honestly still thinking about this and praying along these lines; these verses have effected me so much! There are so many little details I didn’t even touch in this post! And every time I read it, it hits me all over again! I’ll probably read it in different versions in the future. I love how God always knows when to show us certain verses and what we need to hear at the perfect time.🙌🏻 Haha Just one of the many things that come with being friends with a blogger!😆

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I love this, Maddi! It is so true. I have actually been thinking about this a lot lately, and my prayer is that I won’t become worthless. I want to be useful in God’s kingdom. I want to be called, anointed, and chosen! God can use anything, and I want Him to use me for His glory. Thank you for this, it’s very thought provoking. Love you big, my friend! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. This is so good!! This has literally since we went to a youth event last Saturday when they talked about this. I love reading your blog posts, keep up the good work!!😁❤️

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s