Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 2

“For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me- the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!
“Israel is like a thief who feels shame only when he gets caught. They, their kings, officials, priests, and prophets- all are alike in this. To an image carved from a piece of wood they say, ‘You are my father.’ To an idol chiseled from a block of stone they say, ‘You are my mother.’ They turn their backs on me, but in times of trouble they cry out to me, ‘Come and save us!’ But why not call on these gods you have made? When trouble comes, let them save you if they can! For you have as many gods as there are towns in Judah. ​(Jeremiah 2:13, 26-28 NLT)
This chapter of Jeremiah includes the Lord’s assessment regarding Judah’s faithfulness or unfaithfulness. They have chosen to be unfaithful to God, the One who has a history of saving them and providing for them. Instead, they have chosen to worship idols; inanimate, powerless objects of their own making. This is not a one time offense, but something they have done over and over again. The images God used to illustrate the extent of their idolatry are strong and they are graphic.
As I read this chapter today, I wonder what images God would use to describe our relationships with Him. Would it be an image of someone walking closely with Him, someone who cannot wait for the next time we can converse together? Or would it be of someone who only converses with God as a begrudging afterthought?
The relationship the people of Judah had with God was the result of many daily choices. May we choose to walk with God today. And tomorrow. And the next day.
But first, today.