Expressions of faith
Is your religion routine instead of real

Rev. William Watson

Rev. William Watson

Government is ordained of God for all the people, and it is divine. What has happened to the Christian community that we appear to be concerned only for ourselves, and not others—especially the millions of Americans without heath insurance? Hatred, disrespect and confusion have never solved anything. The African American community suffers the most with health care since we are consumed with diverse illnesses. Who will stand with me as a messenger of God for truth, love and prayer? Let us intercede with prayer for our government. Speak intercessory prayers in your church. Carry it over the Internet. Text an intercessory prayer to all of your friends. When we ‘intercede’ for others, we are in the will of God. Jeremiah 18 fits today’s society.

In the parable of the potter and the clay (Jeremiah 18:1-10), while its original interpretation concerned Israel at the time, today it has a wider application about God and us. Sent to the potter’s house, Jeremiah was to receive an object lesson in the principles of divine government according to which God makes and keeps both His promises and threats. Jeremiah watched the potter working at his wheel. The vessel that he made was marred (vs. 4), but the potter did not discard the clay when it did not become a satisfactory product. He reworked it into another vessel.

Jeremiah declared to the Jews that they were as fragile as clay, and subject to the will of God as was the clay to the potter’s will. All their privileges and positions were of divine ordering that they might become vessels unto God’s honor. But in the process they resisted the will and power of the Heavenly potter. The preaching of horror and doom by Jeremiah only increased Israel’s resistance to God. Hostility to God’s messenger grew from passive stubbornness to the making of plots designed to silence him forever.

Our resistance to God in today’s society is no different from that of Israel, for we admire assertiveness, independence and defiance of authority. In a relationship with God, these qualities become stubbornness, self-importance, and refusal to listen or change. Unchecked, stubbornness becomes a way of life hostile to God.

It appears that religion today has become routine instead of real. Often we slip into routine forms of worship, which means nothing to God or us. Jesus spoke to the Pharisees and religious leaders of His day about their hypocrisy (Matthew 15:7-9; Mark 7:6,7).

We are all capable of hypocrisy. If we want to be called God’s people, we must be obedient and worship Him honestly and sincerely. Is yours a marred life through your resistance of God’s molding hands? God is able to remake characters, change lives, and restore hope because we all are in His hands (John 10:28). He only waits for our hearts to become as pliable as clay.

My weekly prayer is for the reader of this commentary to become spiritually inspired by God. Become an Intercessory Prayer Partner with Expressions of Faith. You can contact us at P.O. Box 330127, Nashville, Tenn. 37203; or e-mail <watsonwr68@ gmail.com>. God bless!