Moab was in a rut. Jeremiah 48:11 says, “Moab has been at ease from his youth; he has settled on his dregs, and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, nor has he gone into captivity. Therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent has not changed.”
Ruts can become heart idols. Here is a test. What happens when your routine-rut is disturbed? Are you flexible or rigid? Does your flesh react when that routine-rut is interrupted?
I have an early morning routine. This morning it is interrupted because I have a blood draw at 6:30. That is why this post is late. When I first moved in with my folks to care for them, I quickly discovered that they had a rigid routine. I had to learn it because it was their compass. Certain breakfast on a certain day. When they smelled it cooking, they knew what day it was.
Do you have activities that are non negotiable in your life? Our highest priority should be our relationship with the Lord. Everything flows out of that. It is not a rut or a routine, it is our heart communing with His heart. Worship is a lifestyle. No matter what our circumstances are, we can worship Him.
Let me remind you of Richard Wurmbrand. He was a pastor in Romania. He was imprisoned multiple times for his faith. He bore scars from his tormentors. One time they had drugged him and beaten him mercilessly, then threw him into his cold cement floor cell.
He said that he could not even form words to pray. His mind was drugged, but his heart rose up to say, “Jesus I love You.” Richard had been taken into captivity. He was poured from vessel to vessel. His fragrant heart-worship was only made richer. Pure worship comes from a pure heart.
Our hard trials bring change. They intercept and disrupt every aspect of our lives. Yet, through them the character of Christ is formed in us. Fiery trials cause hidden dross to rise so He can skim it off. It leaves pure gold that allows Him to see His reflection in us.