Read Jeremiah 48
Focus on verse 7
Sometimes it feels like life is all about climbing up a ladder – believing that if we can just get to the top – we will finally find what it is that we are looking for. So we climb, and we climb, and we push, and we jostle, and we step on others in order to get to the top before they do, and we finally get to the top – only to realize that the ladder we chose to climb is leaning against the wrong building!
In today’s reading Jeremiah has a word of warning to the people of Moab, but it seems to apply just as well to us. He writes, “For, because you trusted in your works and your treasures, you also shall be taken; and Chemosh shall go into exile with his priests and his officials.” (v. 7) Apparently the people of Moab were very proud of their accomplishments and their wealth. They may even have worked very hard to arrive at such a point of independence, but it was to be all for naught. They, along with their false god Chemosh, would be going into exile because they had put their trust in the wrong things.
We live in a land and culture that trusts in our achievements and the things that we have accumulated. It is not surprising that we have arrived at a point were many of us live as though we have no need of God. It’s not that we don’t still pay lip service to Him. Quite a number of us still actually go to church quite regularly as part of the important work that we do – its one of our many achievements that we can be proud of, but if that is all it is, we will find ourselves at the top of the wrong building when we get to the top of the ladder we are climbing.
God is not interested in our works or our treasures. He already knows about them because He gives us the strength to accomplish the work and He is the one who gave us the treasures. Rather what God is interested in is our hearts. He desires to know that we love Him more than the treasures He gave us. That we work and achieve not for our own glory, but for His; when we live our lives in this fashion, we can be confident that when we get to the top of the ladder, God will be there waiting to receive us.