Grace and peace be unto you.
The journey continues…
The Lord is a jealous God and he has commanded us not to worship any other god (Exodus 34:14). God is defined as a Spirit, thing, or person that we worship. Some examples are clothes, job, idol, spouse, house, car, and self. The Israelites disobeyed this commandment and God spoke to them through the prophet Jeremiah. He prophesied that the Lord would empower a foreign nation to destroy their fortified cities, devour their harvests, food, sons, and daughters. He further said that since they served foreign gods in their own land, they would serve foreigners in a land not their own (Jeremiah 5:15-19).
When we disobey God’s commands, we commit a sin and there are consequences. These are usually loss of blessings or withholding of blessings, “Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good” (Jeremiah 5:25). Your sin might not be idolatry but gossip, lying, unforgiveness, or deceit, “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers” (Proverbs 6:16-19). Jesus disciplines those whom he loves and so we must face the penalties for our sins (Hebrews 12:6).
You might be in a situation where you have lost blessings or you have not received expected ones. Perhaps, your sins have contributed to the misfortune, in which case, it is time to seek God’s face, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). God is waiting on you to confess your sins and turn from your evil ways so he can bless you, “Even now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning” (Joel 2:12). When we genuinely repent, God forgives us and remembers our sins no more, “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity” (Joel 2:13).