Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!
For the shepherds have become dull-hearted, and have not sought the LORD; therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
I do not know whether there is a Christian alive who has not been guilty at one time or another of the sin of prayerlessness. Surprisingly, prayerlessness creeps up when you least expect it, when everything seems to be going very well and you feel the closest to God!
Why is this true? We are very prideful creatures; as soon as things are going better we tend to lapse into trusting ourselves. Yet, there is no time, good or bad, when we Christians should ever forget our prayer life. There is never a time when we do not need the faithful hand of God leading and guiding our lives.
Many times after the Israelites left Egypt, they were tempted to turn back to the lives they had in Egypt. Instead of trusting in God, they trusted in the horses and chariots (the strength) of Egypt rather than God. In Isaiah 31, God pronounces woe (or a curse) unto them. Our only help comes from the faithful and true God who never leaves or forsakes us. As soon as we put our trust in someone or something other than God, everything will begin to crumble around us.
Jeremiah 10 is speaking of the shepherds (pastors) of the flocks. How appropriate this passage is for us today. It is no longer possible to go into any church and hear the Word of God preached faithfully. Many pastors, like these in Jeremiah, have become dull-hearted and do not trust the Lord. As soon as the leaders put their trust in anything or anyone other than God, the flock will be scattered. Oh, they may remain in that church, but their hearts and their understanding will be far away from God.
James 4 is speaking to all Christians. In the time of great prosperity, people become discontent; they covet what they do not have, and are even willing to murder to obtain their desires. Doesn't that sound like our culture today? Contentment only comes from God; no person or thing can bring you peace, joy, and contentment, because they are found in God alone. Pray that you will be content like the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:11-13 who stated,
I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Ask God to keep you from the sin of prayerlessness so that you, too, will be content in all things.
God Bless You,