Jeremiah 17:3,4 “So I will hand over my holy mountain- along with all your wealth and treasures and your pagan shrines- as plunder to your enemies, for sin runs rampant in your land. The wonderful possession I have reserved for you will slip from your hands. I will tell your enemies to take you as captives to a foreign land. For my anger blazes like a fire that will burn forever.”
My thoughts: The holy mountain, Mt. Zion, where the temple was located soon was abandoned by God because Judah left Him for pagan gods. God’s presence departs from those who abandon Him. This doesn’t mean God gives up on or stops loving us because we leave Him, but means He will remove His favor from us because we chose our way over His. The wonderful blessings He had in store for us will be given to someone willing to do what God asks. He will remove the covering of protection off of us and let us reap the sorrow of a life apart from Him. What a sad day it would be to see the very calling God intended for one of us given to someone who obeyed the One we refused to. God is always on the move and looking for someone He can trust right now, not thirty years down the road after they’ve tasted the world. This doesn’t mean God won’t receive and can’t still use those who have fallen into sin! He receives anyone with willingness to change and surrender their lives to Him. His mercy triumphs over judgment. However, just as God abandoned the temple because of their sinful practices, many congregations are being abandoned by God today. He will never abandon us to something we didn’t desire over Him. He gave us free will in the beginning not because He hates us, but because He wants a creation that will desire Him. God didn’t program us to worship Him, but created us to worship Him. It is our choice to worship God as we have been designed to. If we don’t, we will miss out on our sole purpose in life and never experience the wonderful freedom God has reserved for those who love Him.