“…when I spoke to you persistently you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer…” Jeremiah 7:13b
What is that “thing” or series of “things” that you persist in? Perhaps that attitude, behavior or choice you continue in over and over again. It’s that thing that comes to mind when you hear a message on besetting sin. What is it that you still do not have victory over? That thing you were wrestling with last year? Five years ago? Ten years ago? Perhaps you have stopped wrestling altogether and have just given in to it?
God not only desires our victory, He sent Jesus to secure it. It is ours – “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Cor. 15:57.
God pursues us. “…when I spoke to you persistently…when I called you…” He created us for relationship with Him and leads and guides us – yet we continue in our own way – not listening and not answering, not responding to His wooing.
Oh, we might make adjustments based on conviction from reading the Word or a message we hear, but oftentimes in subtle ways we protect with tenacity that “thing” we have not yet fully yielded. Oh, the glory, blessing and life we sacrifice in our failure to do so.
Are you listening?
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years. She has 2 adult children, 4 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all. She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.