What a Waste!
The desolation of war as a child stands before a site that has been bombed
Have you ever felt like this, pouring your heart and soul into a project or something you considered meaningful only to have it taken down the minute you left? Or your boss calls a meeting, and it is unproductive. It feels like such a waste of time. There were better things to do.
Time is precious. Most people certainly don’t want to waste it. It may be tempting to think it is a waste of time to go to church each week and invest in the things of God. Serving in His kingdom for His purposes over many years, I have come to know that it certainly is not a waste of time. I was reminded of this when reading through the book of Jeremiah when God warned through the prophet Jeremiah the people of Israel to stop wasting their time on worshipping idols that He is far superior because “He exercises kindness justice and righteousness on earth for in those He delights” Jeremiah 9:24.
I was reminded that time spent in pursuit of God is not a waste because He does not want to see our lives in ruins, like a city that has experienced the ravages of war.
When the Israelites chose an alternative path to God’s path, they asked why their land had been ruined and laid waste like a desert that no one could cross. It has been a constant battle for them ever since, yet the Lord’s response remains unchanging, and we can learn from it even today.
God says, “It is because you have forsaken my law which I set before you. You have not obeyed me or followed my law” Jeremiah 9:13.
God is always trying to get our attention as He is drawing us towards living out His infinitely better ways and leading us on a path of His righteousness, away from a life of wastefulness into one of fruitfulness. And I am incredibly grateful that we have the gift of grace through Jesus Christ to assist us on this journey!
Until next time