Living A Miserable, Unhappy Life
Read Jeremiah Chapter 2
Jer 2:19 Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the LORD your God and have no awe of Me,” declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
Permit me once again to personalize for a moment. It amazes me more every day. The truth from God’s word is proven over and over again in life. The more I read and study the bible, the more convinced I am that it is absolute truth, the Holy Spirit inspired word of God. It’s not that I need more proof; I’ve always known its complete infallibility.
I have lived this verse, more than once. I would be ashamed if I had to tell you how many times. If you have been reading these devotions for long, you know that I often say that God will not let His children stray from the truth for very long. Eventually, usually fairly soon, the Spirit gets the undivided attention of the wayward child of the King.
Jeremiah states that our own wickedness punishes and rebukes us. That has been true in my experience every time I stepped off His pathway. My misdeeds always cause me trouble. There is worry over the possibility that my mistakes will come to light. There is worry over the possibility of disease. There is worry that the great life the Lord has blessed me with will be destroyed. It becomes more difficult to sleep, and when I do sleep, good rest does not come easy. I am sure that you could name some of your own experiences to this list.
In another devotion, I wrote this:
“The Christian who does not progress toward spiritual maturity is perhaps the most miserable human being on earth. He has no joy in sin and he has no joy in righteousness.”
When I am outside God’s will, I am extremely miserable! My sins might bring ten minutes of temporary pleasure, but they bring no joy whatsoever. For every ten minutes of ‘pleasure,’ there are days of absolute misery. I find no joy in the sins, and certainly I find no joy in righteousness until I have repented completely and sincerely, from the heart. Of course, it is never within my own righteousness that I find joy; I can only rejoice in knowing I possess the righteousness of Christ. But when I am on the wrong track, I can’t see Christ’s righteousness through the dark fog of my own unrighteousness. Thank God that His righteousness prevails even then, and leads me back onto His pathway. The next part of verse 19 echoes this idea:
“Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the LORD your God and have no awe of Me.”
That’s a great summation of my life every time I have gone astray. I hopefully will never experience that again. Lord, continue to strengthen me so that I will never listen to our enemy again!
To solidify this point in our minds, here are some additional verses which carry the same message.
La 3:1 I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath. 2 He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light; 3 indeed, He has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long.
La 3:7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape; He has weighed me down with chains.
However, our Savior never leaves us in our state of despair.
La 3:31 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. 32 Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love. 33 For He does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.
Oh my, what a loving and forgiving Lord we serve. Praise Him forever and ever, amen!
Prayer: Oh my Lord, this study has once again reminded me how compassionate and loving You are! Your kindness and forgiveness exceeds the ability for me to comprehend. But, I not only thank You for all that; I also thank You that You do not allow me to be happy living in sin. That perhaps is the greatest expression of all of Your mercy and grace. Thank You again, forever and ever more!