S (Scripture): Jeremiah 2:20 Long ago I broke your yoke; I shattered your chains.
But even then you said, “I won’t serve you.”
On every high hill and under every lush tree, you have acted like a prostitute.
28 Where are the gods you have made for yourselves?
Let’s see if they will come through for you in your time of trouble.
You have as many gods, Judah, as you have towns.
3:6 During the rule of King Josiah, the Lord said to me: Have you noticed what unfaithful Israel has done? She’s gone about looking for lovers on top of every high hill and under every lush tree. 7 I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me, but she didn’t. Her disloyal sister Judah saw this. 8 She also saw that I sent unfaithful Israel away with divorce papers because of all her acts of unfaithfulness; yet disloyal sister Judah was not afraid but kept on playing the prostitute.
O (Observation): God sent prophets to the people of Judah and Israel, because they needed to hear from God regarding their actions and how they pleased or displeased God.
In this case, Jeremiah – God’s prophet – warns God’s people that they are acting like a prostitute, giving themselves over to other gods, and dismissing the one, true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
God’s people invented other gods on every hill and under every tree, seeking their own will, dismissing God’s will.
A (Application): Dr. Phil – a day time talk show host – likes to hear people’s stories and offers suggestions for how to improve their lives. When people explain their situation and how they are so sure of their course of action, Dr. Phil likes to ask: “So how’s that working out for you?” Usually, the answer is that things are not going so well.
Asking that question gives one pause – or at least it should give you pause. Take stock of how things are so far. Is this path working for you? For others? Who’s the author of this path? You? God / the Spirit?
Is your path helping you to bear fruit for God’s Kingdom? Are you growing in faith in God? Are you welcoming others to join the path with you? If you are not bearing fruit, perhaps you can take stock, listen for God, and see a clearer path forward.
When you sense the Holy Spirit asking you, “How’s that working out for you?” maybe it’s time to step back into prayer and see what God has in store : )
P (Prayer): God, remind us that you are our Savior, and will give us everything we need. Amen.