Jeremiah 2:11 says, “Has a nation changed its gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory for what does not profit.” Verse 13 explained what they did. “…they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns–broken cisterns that can hold no water.”
Romans 1:23 says, “And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man…” 1 Samuel 12:21 says, “And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.” Empty. Unprofitable. Futile.
Here is a verse that helps me to better understand unprofitable. Luke 17:10 says, “…we are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.” Perhaps you are like me in this way. There are things that I do out of duty. As I do them I am on automatic pilot. My heart is not in them. That may be fine for scrubbing toilets, or taking the trash out. However, it can become a habit in all our activity that carries over into our walk with the Lord.
Are you fully heart-engaged in your quiet time or is it by rote? Zechariah 4 recorded a vision of two olive branches. Verse 12 says, “…What are these two olive branches that drip into the receptacles…” The angel answered in verse 14. “…These are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth.” My margin says the literal is: sons of fresh oil. Ponder this.
In my journal I wrote: Are there areas of dried earth in my heart? When we turn aside from our Glory, our walk is barren. Unprofitable. Dry. Rocky. Vital union with the Lord is broken, leaving us unfulfilled.God’s word is living water. If you feel dried out, listen to these verses. There is hope. Let His word water your roots deeply.
Psalm 65:9-11 gives me a picture of hard barren land that becomes verdant when the Lord waters it.Verse 10-11 says, “You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth. You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.” Galatians 6:9 says that to lose heart is the result of growing weary in well doing. To lose heart is to disengage, turn aside, and end up slugging through hard barren ground.
I want to encourage you to engage your heart. Let us approach every aspect of our lives with fresh oil that drips from our intimate communion with the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain.” Heart-engagement is profitable.