You want to see where you’re going to be a year from now?
Look at what you do daily.
Our habits and routines give us a picture of where we are going and who we are going to be so stop right now and reflect on what is it that you do on a daily basis.
If you make it a lifestyle to workout regularly than you will most likely have a higher chance of having a healthy body in the future. If you are eating junk food on a consistent basis then you will have the opposite of a healthy body. If you practice watching youtube for hours a day then you will find that you will be doing that same thing a year from now and realize the many hours you have wasted watching cat videos or Gordon Ramsey cooking shows to avoid working has produced a life that is not satisfying.
There are many people that have dreams but keep them as dreams and not into reality because they see what they want, they think about what they want, but they never take steps into working at what they want!
What we actually do on the daily is what we will actually develop into reality in our lives.
Some people desire God and actually take steps daily to pursue him and what has become routine has actually developed a desire and dream into a reality. I always wanted to be disciplined in reading the Bible but though I desired it, I never “felt” like doing it when the time came so it was just a dream. BUT, one day I decided to just simply do it and made a COMMITMENT to do it daily regardless of how I felt and thus it became a routine to read the word till it became part of my life. The commitment to make it routine with the desire to know God has turned a routine into a relationship with God that turned into a life where it is more weird to not read the Bible then read it because it became my normal...it became a part of my life.
The Israelites in today’s passage has made sin normal in their life so that their consistent routine of sin and stubbornness has eventually made a prison for themselves, a prison of sin that only attracts judgment. Here are several things we can learn from today’s passage.
Being Stubborn in our sin gives God only one choice, judgement
“Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Behold, I will refine them and test them, for what else can I do, because of my people?’”
The Israelite’s actions have caused God’s hand to do only one thing, refine and test. His consistent warnings and calls for the people to repent and turn to Him has failed because the people have routinely chose sin over God.
When we make sin and disobedience a routine, we slowly shut off the door of grace and the seed of disobedience will reap the fruit of judgment because when it get’s to this point, no matter how attractive the gift of grace is, the heart that is harden can not receive.
A hard heart must be broken and refined to be able to receive the truth and offer of God because I know from experience that it was only when I hit rock bottom that I finally broke out of the routine of hard heartedness and sin.
Routine sin produces the reality of sin... Destruction
“Why is the land ruined and laid waste like a wilderness, so that no one passes through it? And the LORD says: ‘Because they have forsaken my law that I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice or walked in accord with it, but have stubbornly followed their own hearts and have gone after the Baals, as their fathers taught them.’”
You know what is a scary judgement? When the Lord gives you what you want. What if you want God? Then that’s not judgment! BUT for those who want sin in their lives and refuse to let go, the greatest judgment that the Lord can do is simply honor your desire and let you have it because when sin is allowed in our lives because we choose it, the consequences of death and destruction come forth. When we choose sin daily, what we are doing daily is building a prison for ourselves that one day we will look back and realize what we have done to ourselves. Some of us are in big prisons that are hard to come out of because we have been building it for a long time but there is no prison that we cannot get out of if we but turn to the LORD and ask to be delivered not so much from sin or destruction but ultimately delivered from ourselves!
The biggest problem is not sin, it’s you. HARSH, I know, but when we realize that the main issue is not sin itself but our choice of sin can we begin to walk out of our own self-made prisons. This realization is not to condemn you nor is it to shame you but to expose you so that you can be healed and restored. They say that the last person to realize that they need help is the person themselves and when God points it out and also points it out through others, can we be so humble to sit back to take in the rebuke so that we can continually walk in freedom?
Reflect today! What are you doing daily? Where is it leading you? Examine yourself today and let the Spirit guide you to the path you should be on!