Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.”
Insights: The fifth evidence is you have a parched heart. Jeremiah wrote in verse thirteen, “"For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.” Israel went from a fountain of living water coming from the Lord God to a stagnant cistern that could not even hold water. As a result their hearts were just shriveling up from a lack of spiritual water. Beloved, when we chase after the things of this world that parched feeling is exactly what happens to us. Stay close to Jesus and let Him give you Himself and quench that spiritual thirst. The sixth evidence is you have a drifting heart. Jeremiah wrote in verse nineteen, “"Your own wickedness will correct you, And your apostasies will reprove you; Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter For you to forsake the LORD your God, And the dread of Me is not in you," declares the Lord GOD of hosts.” Notice that before their backslidden condition it was the Lord who corrected them and reproved them. God was like an anchor in their lives that prevented them from drifting all directions. But now, their sinful backsliding will be their course of correction and it will lead their drifting hearts to be crashed on the Living Stone, Jesus, who will not budge. In many ways it is this sixth evidence that I visually see in this world so prevalently. I especially see it in young people who are trying to “find their way in the world.” They run from one job to the next thinking they will eventually find the job that will satisfy. They enter into one relationship after another thinking that will satisfy. They start one hobby after another thinking that will satisfy. The problem with each of these scenarios is that because of their desire to have satisfaction now they self-sabotage each of those experiences. They don’t have a proper moral compass at the job and are soon unemployed. They want the privileges of marriage, but without the attachment and their hearts are broken. They spend too much on the hobby and soon the taste is gone. The entire time they are just drifting and in need of the Rock that will hold fast to them.
- Are you spiritually dry and thirsty and in need of a fresh drink of living water from the Lord?
- Is your life characterized as one being set adrift in the pursuits of everything this wicked world has to offer?
Prayer: Father, fill my cup with You and set my heart like an anchor to Your Love, Jesus Christ. Let me not shrivel up for lack of spiritual drink and thus be easily set adrift for the things of this world. Rather keep me set on the Rock, Christ Jesus, my Lord. Amen.