Are You On Cruise-Control Spiritually?

Jeremiah 3:6–4:4

I ask that we backtrack just a little because there’s a telling statement we could easily miss in Jeremiah 3. God began speaking to Jeremiah during the reign of King Josiah, who had been on the throne for twelve years. Josiah was a good king, a reformer who brought radical change to the nation, even from his earliest days. As a royal preteen, he had begun a program of demolishing the occult shrines littered throughout the land. It’s worth considering what Scripture has to say about him: “While he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles and idols. Under his direction the altars of the Baals were torn down” (2 Chron. 34:3–4).

It was reformation time, but it would not be until the eighteenth year of his reign that Josiah would initiate a full reformation of Judah’s religion and morals. God continued to call His people to a deep, fruitful repentance. Despite what was stirring nationally, He still sought their return to Him personally.

Here’s a strange statement: the better the church you’re in, the more likely you are to go into cruise-control mode in your own walk of faith. When the church program is engaging, and the worship exhilarating, we can lean on the corporate experience, neglecting our own personal disciplines. But God wants a people who will come to Him—the theme of returning is repeated in this Jeremiah passage—both together and in our own lives as individuals.

Pray: Lord, thank You for the support that comes from church: save me from relying on it. Help me to obey You. Amen.

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