I don’t like it when someone gives me the cold shoulder. Who does? Being looked down upon, held in contempt, with an eye-full of scorn. I remember a boss of mine, in a church no less, who used to greet me by saying, ‘well, how is everything in your little life.’ Little life?! I was too young at the time, and too afraid to say what was on the tip of my tongue! Poor guy, he was so impressed with his big-shot life! Guess I should have been too, but I wasn’t!
No one likes to be treated with scorn. And that’s what the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah says about how God’s people treat Him and His Word. With scorn and the cold shoulder. Can you believe it? Jeremiah 6: 10–‘to whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ears are uncircumcised, they cannot listen; behold, the Word of the Lord is to them an object of scorn; they take no pleasure in it.’
God and His Word an object of scorn? Might as well spit in His face. That I do not recommend. For us, who are believers in Jesus Christ, we know that with the difficulties of life, we can place each and every one of them squarely on His broad shoulders –and He will carry them for us. He shoulders our burdens. His are the best to lean upon. The God, in whom I take such great pleasure, and whose Word is a lamp to my feet, a light to the bi-ways of my not-so little life!
Give Him the cold shoulder? Who…to God? What are you crazy? In Jeremiah 10:21 the Lord tells the prophet to proclaim that ‘…the shepherds(the religious and political leaders) are stupid and do not inquire of the Lord…’ Call it what it is…to ignore the Lord, not to seek His will and love is just plain s…t…u…p…i…d! That’s what it says.
Let’s be smart…lean on Him, His shoulders are broad and strong and good. Take pleasure in Him and His Word. Enjoy!
Prayer: Lord, we love you. We need you and thank you for always being right there, shoulder to shoulder, next to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.