Thus says the Lord: “What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me and went after worthlessness, and became worthless? (Jeremiah 2:5)
Isn’t it the best to feel valuable? There is nothing like it. Whether it be for our abilities or our hard work it is great to sense one is making a significant contribution. It is even better when others recognize our value and appreciate it. Conversely, there is nothing worse than feeling worthless. Unfortunately, we all feel like that sometimes. Some of us struggle with worthlessness our whole lives.
The people of Judah in Jeremiah’s day had a serious problem, life was not as they thought. They thought things were going great. Sure, their brothers to the North had been taken into captivity by the Assyrians, but that was their problem. Judah had the temple of God (Jeremiah 7:1-8), and political alliances with Egypt (Jeremiah 2:36), so they were fine! But God sets the record straight, they were worthless because they went after worthlessness. How can we avoid becoming worthless? By doing the opposite of Judah.
Judah’s problem was they were looking anywhere and everywhere but God for security and salvation from enemies, for peace and rest. Don’t you find it easy to do the same? The good news is that we don’t have to live this way. Jesus gives us the hope that he is the gate to the glory we long for (John 10:7-10). There are many pretenders that offer life, but only rob us, leaving us worthless. But if we trust in him then we find salvation and abundant life. How do we avoid becoming worthless? Just trust in Jesus. Nothing else will ever give us the value we seek.
Question: Where do you find your value?
Challenge: Consider what you tend to find your worth in and how often those things fail us. Remember that Jesus never will.
Prayer: God, help me find my worth in being accepted by your son, Jesus Christ.
Jeremy Meeks, Chapel Leader -- Chicago Cubs