‘’To encourage you to pursue pleasure in Jesus makes no sense unless you have good reason to believe there is something about him more pleasing than what the world, flesh and the devil have to offer.’’ Sam Storms: ‘One thing’, p.46.
Chapters 2-6 constitute a single connected message which Jeremiah delivered early on in his ministry, probably during the reign of Josiah.
It is sad when God has to speak of His people’s ‘’devotion’’ in the past tense (1-3). God remembered His ‘honeymoon’ with His ‘’bride’’, and her loyal love for Him that would follow Him anywhere.
‘’I remember your youthful loyalty, our love as newlyweds. You stayed with me through the wilderness years, stuck with me through all the hard places. Israel was GOD’s holy choice, the pick of the crop. Anyone who laid a hand on her would soon wish he hadn’t!’’ The Message.
This was such a great marriage…but then…
What happened? Well, the problems weren’t with the Bridegroom!
It is possible that we can become lukewarm (Revelation 3:16) in our marriage to Jesus; that we can lose our first love (Revelation 2:4).
Or as a friend of mine put it, the shine can go off your salvation. It doesn’t sparkle in you as it once did. It somehow loses lustre in your eyes.
As the Sam Storms quote indicates, Jesus is infinitely precious, and more valuable than anything or anyone else we set our hearts on. Every Christian knew and felt this at one time; but is it your experience now?
If it isn’t, restoration is possible: ‘’Repent and do the things you did at first.’’ (Revelation 2:5).
‘’Beauty also rebukes by revealing to us the moral deformity of those things we’ve embraced above Jesus and by exposing the hideous reality beyond the deceptively attractive façade of worldly amusements. We are deceived by the ugliness of sin because we haven’t gazed at the beauty of Christ.’’ Sam Storms: ‘One thing’, p.55
Prayer: Cause me Lord Jesus to see your beauty and worth with new eyes that I may love you as I did at first and not look to any substitutes for satisfaction.