• William T. Howe Ph.D.

August 14, 2021

Daily Reading: Jeremiah 7-9

Jeremiah 7:24

But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

Here it is, the sum of the problem with Israel during Jeremiah’s day. They would not hear. They would not even turn their ear to hear. They walked through life according to their own wicked imagination instead of God’s Word. They fell back and did not march forward. The same is true for many today.

If they do attend a place to hear, they do not hear. They think the message is for “so and so” but not for them. They think by hearing they will be blessed, yet it is not the hearing that brings the blessing, it is the doing of that which they hear that brings God’s best spiritual blessings. James knew this to be a problem that’s why he wrote: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22). Yes, there are many hearers, but few doers of the Word of God.

Then some will not even attend to hear. Will not even incline their ear to hear. These are those who believe that they do not need a church service to worship God, which in part is true. A child of God can worship God anywhere and at any time, but they cannot attend a “worship” service at their church while on their bass boat. The Lord created the church, a place of worship, fellowship, and most importantly a place of preaching and teaching the Word of God. Worship God anywhere, yes, but also attend His Bible believing church to be…well as Paul said, All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (II Timothy 3:16). Where does a person hear the Scripture in such a way as to teach them doctrine, reprove them, correct, and instruct them? In church, through a preacher called, trained, and equipped by Almighty God to communicate the Word of God to hearers that will hear.

Concerning the counsels and imagination of their evil heart. Enough said, everyone can understand this type. They are their only authority and anything that does not agree with them is wrong.

Because of these three things God’s people go backward, back to the world’s way of thinking, acting, and living. Peter spoke of these in II Peter 2:20: For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. Instead of falling backward God’s people are to march forward, on their knees, in their hearts, and in their right minds.

Best advice learned from this portion of Jeremiah is…do not do these things. For the end is disastrous.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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