Listen; Don't Lose Ground
Read Jeremiah 7:1 through 8:22; 1 Thessalonians 2:1 through 3:6
A wise businessman advised his son not to purchase a building on the main street in town. He thought it would cost too much to update the old structure and advised his son to keep looking. The son really wanted the visible location and proceeded anyway. Renovations continually revealed items that needed to be fixed or replaced. He went into considerable debt and worked hard for a number of years just to regain what he lost financially.
“But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward” (Jeremiah 7:24).
Sin and rebellion can set us back spiritually. When we lose spiritual ground, we must fight to regain it. God wants the best for His children. He sees the future and knows the consequences of our choices. He gives the best advice. He promises it will go well with those who obey His voice and walk in His ways (Jeremiah 7:23).
Thought for Today: The one who listens fully to God is the one who goes forward with God.
Quicklook: Jeremiah 7:22–26