This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who follow the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing.” (Jeremiah 13:10 NKJV)
God set Jeremiah up to perform a living parable. Jeremiah got a sash, like a belt, and wore it without putting it in water. Then, God told him to hide it under a rock in the Euphrates River. Then, after “many days,” God told Jeremiah to go back and get the sash. It was utterly ruined. It was useless. The parable was that the people of Israel and Judah were to cling to God like that sash clung to Jeremiah. When the sash hid away, like the people of Judah and Israel hid from God, it, like they, became profitable for nothing. One of the phrases used in this passage that really struck home was that one of the indications of being profitable for nothing is that they follow what their heart says. How often do we hear people explain their actions, that had terrible results, by saying that they were following their heart. God notes that in the case of some people, they follow the dictates of their hearts because they refuse to hear God’s words.
Many popular Christian songs of today recognize this issue by asking God to give us His heart so that we can know the right things to do; the right way to live. We read in Jeremiah 17:9 that “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked…” That wickedness happens because we don’t have the heart of God, leading us, we have our own sinful attitudes taking control of our lives. Rather than seeking God, we do what we want to – an attitude described in Judges by the words “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” We live with that kind of teaching when we say that everybody can do their own thing. As our society falls apart in so many different ways, we can see that many of the things that happen in society come from this belief that God is irrelevant in our world and we can do whatever we want. God’s given us instructions for living not to be the eternal killjoy who takes the fun out of everything, but so that we can experience the greatest joy in life. Let God take control of your heart and follow His lead for an amazing life full of joy.
Lord, take my heart and rework it. Let me hear Your words and seek to follow You all of my days.
And, just for fun, I thought I would post a video clip from one of my favorite TV shows ever. In this clip, if you go far enough, you’ll hear Jerry Van Dyke singing about his heart.