“But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.” –Jeremiah 7:24
Just when Lexi starts walking at a brisk pace and we’re moving smoothly together, she suddenly realizes she passed something interesting, and she turns back to check it out. I allow her a lot of freedom to explore on our walks, but I hate going backward. I have a desire to keep moving forward. I’m reluctant for Lexi go back very many paces, even if she’s straining to get closer to whatever she smelled. I tell her to leave it and say, “Let’s walk,” but she doesn’t listen or pay attention. Sometimes we don’t listen or pay attention to God. We follow the stubborn inclinations of our hearts, as Jeremiah describes it. We go backward, just like Lexi, when instead we should be looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth (2 Peter 3:13). God allows us a lot of freedom when we walk in faith, but he’s reluctant for us go back very many paces. Our peril is that we’ll turn back and no longer follow him (see John 6:61-66). When we walk with God, our desire should be to keep moving forward in grace.
Dear God, Help me go forward and not backward when I walk with you. Amen