“In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 3:10
People are brought to court every day for things that they may have done wrong. Some are convicted of what they were charged with and are sentenced to some sort of punishment.
Some of those charged put on an appearance of repentance, but in reality are ready to go out and do it again. They change on the outside, but in the heart have not changed at all. The purpose of the appearance is to get a lighter sentencing from the judge. As soon as they are free, they begin to go to their old crimes again.
God has a judgement against Judah because they saw what Israel had done wrong and how God punished her, yet, did not change their ways. Judah gave the appearance to follow God, but it was not with all of her heart and continued to worship false idols.
There are many believers who attend church every week, giving the appearance of following God. They can quote the scriptures very well and talk the talk, but their hearts are far from God. At home and other places they live in sinful lifestyles, purposefully sinning, with no mind to change.
When times get rough, they cry out to God for help and promise to follow better, but continue to live in sin. Worship of self and the things of this world take the priority in their lives, rather than allowing God to be on the heart’s throne. They know the truth but refuse to live it.
Every believer needs to be living for God with all that is within them. They are to seek God with all of their heart and allow Him to change them from the inside out.
Only you and God know where you stand with Him. Only you and God knows where your heart is at with Him.
Examine your life and see if you are following God with all of your heart, or if you are just following under pretense. Ask yourself what is really on the throne of your heart. Is it self and the things of this world, or is it God?
Serve God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Do not allow sin or this world a place in your heart, but only God.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will serve God with all of your heart; that you will allow God to guide you in turning from all sin; and that you will be faithful to God as He is faithful to you.