Near with the mouth, far with the heart

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“Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root; they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit. Thou art near in their mouth, but far from their reins.” Jeremiah 12:2

The prophet here speaks of the wicked who were prospering in the land before God’s judgment fell upon them. God gave them life and blessings; yet, though they confessed God’s name with their mouths, their reins – their inward and true desires and passions – were far from the LORD. And how true this is today! People speak God’s name and call themselves Christians but their hearts are far from the Lord and His Word.

Forgive me, O Lord, for taking Your name on my lips when my heart is far from You. Grant me true repentance and faith in Your mercy for the sake of Your Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the 21st Century King James Version (KJ21), copyright © 1994 by Deuel Enterprises, Inc.]

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