“This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.”
Sometime, in order to define something, you must look at the opposite to see what it means to get a clearer picture of what you are trying to define. For instance, it is hard to define light without darkness being defined. It is difficult to define good if you don’t know what bad means.
To define a people who are right with the LORD can be difficult at times; however, in the verse above, God makes the definition of what He wants to be by declaring a people to be evil. In the verse above, God defined Israel as an “evil people.” He then goes on to show us what they did that made them evil in God’s eyes. Because God defined what they did that made them evil, you can see what He wants His people to do to make them right with Him. Let me show you several actions a person must take if they want to be right with God.
First, a person right with God will listen to the words of God. God said that these “evil people” refused to hear His words. There are several ways people refuse to hear the words of God. First, they refuse to hear God’s words by not reading His Word. You can’t hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you if you are not reading the words which He penned. Second, you can’t hear God’s words if you are not listening to the message preached by the man of God. God sent His words to Israel through the prophets of old. God also wants to speak to you through the preaching. Listening is not just hearing, but responding to God’s message through the preaching. If you are going to be right with God, you must listen to God’s words through reading His Word and by listening and responding to the message of His preachers.
Second, a person right with God will walk after God’s imagination. What made these people evil? What made them evil was that they walked after the “imagination of their heart.” It doesn’t matter if the imagination of your heart is not sinful; what matters is if you are walking after what God wants you to do. Many people will think they are right with God because their heart is not filled with sinful thoughts. However, you must understand that God wants you to walk after His desires. You must completely lay your desires aside and follow His desires and imaginations. In other words, the imagination of God’s heart is living a life of faith. The imagination of God’s heart is seeing what God wants you to do by looking through the eyes of faith. Looking through the eyes of faith will always fill your heart with a vision to do great things for God.
Third, a person right with God will serve God. These people were evil because they walked after other gods and served them. If you want to be right with God, you will not only have a vision to do something for God, but you will serve Him to see His vision fulfilled. You can’t be right with God without serving Him, and serving God always involves action in His service.
Let me ask you; are you right with God? Can you say that these three things are truly a part of your life? My friend, if you don’t want God to define you as an evil person, you would be wise to do what it takes to be right with Him. Only the person who is right with God will realize His blessings.