False “Freedom”

Michael Beck

“A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her. Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.” (Jeremiah 2:24,25)

Until we are ready to “wear the yoke” we are only playing at being a true Christian. As long as the restless and wild spirit of a donkey is at work in us we will not be able to contain our desires to go and do, see and be seen. On Saturday our feet will not abide in our house, we will be out in the street looking to fulfill our pleasures, yet on Sunday we will be raising our hands in church to a God whose worship we know little of.

Such is the state of much modern Christianity. Such is the “freedom” being advocated by those who have turned God’s house into a breeding ground for idolatry. And a generation of would-be saints are turned into a generation of shallow, fruitless “believers” whose mantra is “don’t judge.”

When will we endure the chastening of the Lord? When will we curb our passions under the controlling influence of the Spirit of Christ? When will we become accustomed to His yoke? (Jeremiah 31:18) When will we worship the Father in spirit and in truth?

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.