I've got my Christmas music playing in the background, and it is a lot of the "oldies" from my childhood, which brings back such warm memories of the wonder of the Christmas season. I loved growing up when things were more simple and the focus was more on the real meaning of Christmas and the gift of love that the Lord sent us in the form of a little baby. Today we hear of stampedes in the stores and violence when people are in a mad rush to get the newest electronic gadgets and such. How sad, that our society has put such emphasis on material things in an effort to satisfy the emptiness in their lives.
It was no different in Jeremiah's time - people had lost their relationship with the Lord, and had chosen to replace it with counterfeit gods.
Today in Jeremiah 10, we continue to see the Lord expose to Jeremiah, the falsehood of idolatry that the people were following, compared to the wisdom, understanding and knowledge of the one true God.
Jeremiah 10: 11 - 18: "Tell them this: These gods, who did not make the heavens and earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens. But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from its his storehouses.
Everyone is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. His images are a fraud; they have no breath in them. They are worthless, the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish.
He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things, including Israel, the tribe of his inheritance - the Lord Almighty is his name.
Gather up your belongings to leave the land, you who live under siege. For this is what the Lord says: 'At this time I will hurl out those who live in this land; I will bring distress on them so that they may be captured'".
Where is your heart? We are told by Jesus in Matthew 6: 19 - 21: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also".
Today, I ask you to search your heart and ask the Holy Spirit to show you the things that you have put in importance over your relationship with the Lord. He can and will remove the things that have been a hindrance in your spiritual walk, and replace them with a hunger for the intimate relationship with the only Savior, Christ Jesus.
Blessings to you and yours...