Google+ 05/27/14 God Expects Us to Be Reliable!

Jeremiah 18:14-16

 

Does the snow ever disappear from the mountaintops of Lebanon?
    Do the cold streams flowing from those distant mountains ever run dry?
But my people are not so reliable, for they have deserted me;
    They burn incense to worthless idols.
They have stumbled off the ancient highways and walk in muddy paths.
Therefore, their land will become desolate, a monument to their stupidity.
All who pass by will be astonished and will shake their heads in amazement.

 

There is a word that has all but disappeared from our vocabulary today.  Jeremiah was equally troubled, in his time, as he writes today's Scripture lesson.  Are we reliable?  Jeremiah says that the snow on the mountains and cold streams that never run dry are two things he can always count on.  Then he makes a horribly revealing statement about his people.  They are not so reliable and they have deserted him.  Unfortunately, as a pastor, I can relate to Jeremiah's statement.  It seems that those that God does the most for, through us, are the most unreliable when we need them.  Jeremiah attributes this unreliability to people stumbling off the ancient highways and getting bogged down in the mud.  I think he is right!  To walk with God is to be somewhat boring by the world's definition.  To be available for God's work means that we must show up each day.  For many of us, that means having the same daily routine.  By doing this, God and His people know right where to find us.  They don't have to search, as we are already there!  I look out over my landscape and sometimes see what Jeremiah saw.  It is difficult, but true, to say that those of us who are unreliable have made our land desolate.  Nothing is growing for God.  The sad part about this condition of unreliability is that those who are unreliable usually don't see it.  They think they are following God and often brag about it.  Like Jeremiah, those Christians who are humble and somewhat boring shake their heads as they watch the moments of stupidity that are always present when we are not reliable for and to God.  Let's all check our reliability quotient as it applies to God and our fellow man.  Let's make changes to our lives so that we do not display stupid moments!  "God Expects Us to Be Reliable!"