A Linen Belt Around God's Waist

Bible Reading: Jeremiah 13; 14; 15:1-9

God told Jeremiah to buy a linen belt, put it around his waist, and not to get it wet. Then he instructed him to take the belt off and hide it in a crevice in the rocks. Many days later, Jeremiah was told to retrieve the belt. When he dug it up, it was ruined and completely useless. God's lesson was that he would ruin the pride of Judah and make them completely useless, like the belt. (13:1-11)

Jesus bought us with his own blood (Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23). His desire is for us to be bound to him, as illustrated by the linen belt, "to be my people for my renown and praise and honor" (13:11). When we become filled with pride, however, we no longer accentuate our Lord. God may find it necessary to "bury" us in order to humble us. "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom" (Pr. 11:2). "Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor" (Pr. 18:12). God is honored when we keep our focus on him, find our significance in him, and rejoice in him always. Let us cinch up our human pride and display the glory and goodness of the Lord.

"'Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,' declares the Lord" (Jer. 9:23-24).

May we wrap ourselves securely around our God as we become tightly bound to his spirit and girded up in his love. Remaining close to him, may our lives reflect the beauty of our Lord.