I am so grateful for God’s lovingkindness. Many may argue that scripture that was written several thousand years ago could never apply to us, but my only response is that they have never read the scriptures! God’s word is timeless. He is the same yesterday, today and forevermore! Every single thing that comes against us can be found in scripture. And not only the sin, but the way God would have us walk through it with Him and come out victorious! I am so humbled by His great mercy. I wholeheartedly agree with Jeremiah the words he wrote in Lamentations 3:22-25:
“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I have hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.” (NASB)
God often had the prophets demonstrate to the people their sinfulness. This word is needed so much in our lives today, let’s meditate on this passage together. In this passage the Lord instructs Jeremiah to go buy a linen waistband and put it around his waist.
The waistband represents the word of God which we are to “bind” to our daily lives. It is to be part of our clothing...our covering. I looked up the word “bind” in the dictionary to give us a very clear picture of what this word is telling us. To bind is to tie or wrap something, to tie the hands or feet of a person so they cannot escape or to restrain movement. The picture I get in my mind is that the word of God is to be wrapped around our hearts and minds so that when temptation comes, we know we have God with us and His word restrains us from walking into danger. It is our protection, our shield!
Linen is a fabric that allows air to flow through it, it is not stifling, it is comfortable and lightweight. It is not stiff but usable in many situations. Linen was worn by the priests to cover themselves under their robes so there would not be anything causing offense to the Lord as they climbed the steps.
So we already can see that God’s word does not hinder our lives but is a comforting presence that is a mantle to walk according to His word!
In Jeremiah the waistband represents the Word of God being bound to our daily walk. It is not constricting and we are to take care not to cause the word to be soiled; to walk upright according to His word.
God has Jeremiah give us a vivid picture of what sin looks like. He tells him to go bury the waistband by the Euphrates River. The banks of the river are very muddy and the mud stains and ruins every garment it comes into contact with. The same applies to us with the “mud” in our lives, it stains not only us but everyone around us.
In today’s society the first thing we may think of is the use of drugs. Drugs and alcohol are devastating not only in our lives but to the entire family. But they aren’t the only things that cause destruction in our lives. What are we reading or watching on TV or on the computer that “soils” our mind and stains us? What do we spend our money on? What music do we listen to? Does it lift up Christ? Where do we go to “hang out” with our friends? Who are we hanging around with?
Like the waistband that was exposed to “mud” - sin - we take on the characteristics of where we have been, who we are associating with, what music we listen to, what we fill our minds with. We quickly become dull to the word of God and we begin to withdraw from church and our Christian friends.
II Corinthians 6:17 instructs us, “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate, says the Lord. And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you..”
These are not legalistic words to “stop” us from having fun, they are words of life to protect us from danger! The word is a boundary that gives us guidance. If we stay within the boundary of it, we are under God’s protection. When we choose to step out into the darkness, we have stepped out of the umbrella of safety. God hasn’t left us, but we have chosen to leave His covering.
I pray for you to have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying. Like the children of Israel, we easily get focused on everything around us and become dull to the word of God. That is our loss! God’s love is mighty in power and strength and gives us the victory when we are living in His plan. My prayer for you this week is to allow God to begin exposing to you the areas of weakness in your life and that you can come into agreement with Him and gain His strength and the bondages be broken!
God has called you to be a mighty warrior in His army, to be the light to the lost and hurting. But, we need the covering of God in order to walk in this calling. Let’s meditate on the following passage this week, especially verse 4 in II Corinthians 10:3-5. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” (NASB)
Our Father in Heaven, thank You for Your word which is the sword of the Spirit. Your words are the words of life and do break every stronghold. We bow down before You today and ask for You to search our hearts that we may lay down all of the sin that has stained our lives. Forgive us for wandering away from the narrow path and choosing to satisfy our flesh with earthly pleasures rather than filling our minds with heavenly pleasures! I come into agreement with your word that You are the one who is divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses in my life! As Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, I pray to You today...Thy will be done. I love You. Amen!