Pragmatic Practices

A Lamplighter Moment from Mark Hamby

I’ve read the following section of Scripture many times, but I don’t remember reading this: “And the women said, “When we made offerings to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, was it without our husbands’ approval that we made cakes for her bearing her image and poured out drink offerings to her?” Jeremiah 44:19

This appears to be a reversal of what took place in the garden, where Eve acted without her husband’s involvement and approval. Here the women are using their husbands’ approval as a defense for their sinful behavior. Note what is written in verse 15: “Then all the men who knew that their wives had made offerings to other gods…

Turning a blind eye, these husband’s allowed their wives to worship false gods because it brought them peace and prosperity (44:17-19). As a result God punished them severely for their actions–the wife, for her stubborn hard-heartedness toward the Word of God, and the husband, for his passivity in allowing the false worship to take place.

Notice what the women say in their defense. It would have been better for them if they had said nothing, but they unwisely gave away their pragmatic worldview. Their defense for serving other gods was that the God of heaven wasn’t doing them any good, so they switched! Furthermore, they assert that the gods of Egypt had been blessing them, and when they stopped, they stopped receiving the rewards.

Many of us get trapped just like this. We start making small sinful choices that bring us fulfillment and the next thing we know, we have given ourselves completely over–so immersed in our lust for more that the Word has no effect upon our souls.

Are you discontent with your current state? Do you feel dissatisfied with your present relationships? Don’t do something for which you will be sorry for the rest of your life. Wait patiently. Endure. God knows what He’s doing. “If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay” (Habakkuk 2).

Mark’s Favorite Book of the Day:

Cobwebs and Cables

Here is a book that you just can’t put down! It is a story of man’s decision to get caught up in sin out of desperation to serve the one he loves. But it soon becomes clear that one lie from a “truthful” man is more hurtful than all the lies of a liar. Those who yield to its power engage in an intricate path of falsehood – an entangling maze – that ever deepens as one lie builds upon another. As you wrestle with the characters in this engaging drama, rest assured that your confidence will grow, not in man, but in our loving, forgiving God.