“But if I say, ‘I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,’ his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” Jeremiah 20:9.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Jeremiah 18-20, Psalm 93, and John 17.
What a way for a believer to be!
Most of us have to have our connection to God pried out of us. We are not hesitant to voice our connection to God in Bible studies and church gathering, however.
But you get with family……. In the midst of believers and non-believers and we “shut that fire” inside of us.
And we get with non-family, non-believers, and there’s no “fire” burning in us that anyone has ever taken note of. We’re nice people but being a silent witness is our modus operandi.
We are an unfaithful people. Yet we expect God to be all-ears when it comes to our needs, don’t we?
Our relationship to God is faulty. We are not filled with Him. We do what suits our purposes.
We jump all over politicians for not telling the whole truth. How dare we do that when we hold back the truth of what we believe. We pretend to be of this world when it suits our purposes. God is not fooled. He knows our hearts. He knows our deeds.
“How dreadful we must be in Your sight! We love You but on our own terms. We choose to save face rather than share the Good News in our midst. I ask for Your forgiveness. Helping me to live as someone who believes the Good News. The burden of my sin has been lifted. I have new life. Help me to live accordingly, Father.”
You’re not on fire. You’re hardly smoldering. That MUST change in our lives. O Lord!