Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Daily devotional: Adultery against God

Scripture
During the reign of King Josiah, the Lord said to me, "Have you seen what faithless Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree and has committed adultery there.
Jeremiah 3:6 NIV

Observation
We are easily distracted from seeking after the Lord God our Maker. But to God this is not just some small thing. Over and over again He likens it to adultery, prostitution while married. On one hand it is easy to look at the Israelites and ask how they could keep missing the mark, keep getting mired down in worship of idols instead of the one true God who worked miracles among them. But then I think to my own heart and how I am so easily led astray by the desires of my heart that try to find meaning and contentment in things and pursuits of what is not of ultimate importance or worthy of my relationship with my Lord God who saved me and loves me deeply.

Application
Submit to the Lord and eagerly seek after Him like a man who carefully and intentionally courts a woman. Let the Holy Spirit transform my life and seek to know Him.

Prayer
Lord, I love you. I am sorry for not being consistent at seeking after You with all my heart. I want to. Please help me so that I can keep You always in the forefront of my mind and heart. I do not want to be like the adulterous spouse who has experienced love and true life and yet still gets lured away by that which does not ultimately satisfy. I want to be faithful to You.

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