from Lynda Lindsey
The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart…Jeremiah 17:1(a)
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and it is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds. Jeremiah 17:9-10
We reap according to the deeds we sow. We can’t sow to the flesh and reap a bountiful spiritual harvest; we can’t expect good fruit if we, like Judah, sow folly, idolatry, wickedness, stubbornness, deceit, treachery, rebellion, and disobedience. We also reap according to the amount sown. Sowing generously results in generous harvests; sowing sparingly results in meager yields. Judah generously sowed corruption and reaped copious judgment and destruction; had she repented and sown an abundance of righteous, godly deeds, she could have had a bounteous harvest of righteousness.
God searches the heart and tests the mind, to give each one of us according to our ways, according the fruit of our deeds. Judah’s cold, hard, unrepentant heart was deceitful and desperately sin-sick. Judah replaced her trust in God with trust in man and man-made gods she thought she could manipulate into doing her bidding. As a result, God hurled Judah away from His presence and away from His favor, into a foreign land where she would serve the Babylonian pagan gods night and day. All who forsake God, the hope of Israel, the hope of the whole world, will be put to shame.
God, our hope and praise, our strength and stronghold, our refuge and sanctuary in the day of trouble, loves us with an everlasting love; when we are faithless, He remains faithful. God made, and kept, His promise to save, restore, and bring back a remnant of His people. God brings healing and deliverance to hearts that turn toward Him in love and repentance. Pray. Turn to the Lord. Repent. Honor and glorify God by hearing and obeying His word. Perform a deed-check, a heart-check. Abundantly sow to the spirit, not the flesh, and enjoy God’s presence and favor for eternity!