“This is what the Lord said to me: “Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not let it touch water.” So I bought a belt, as the Lord directed, and put it around my waist.” Jeremiah 13:1-2
Scripture mentioning a belt and shopping…could there be a more enticing section of scripture? Not for me! The very mention of a wardrobe accessory, and my attention is captured.
There is some debate over what this linen belt was. Some mention it as more of an undergarment type item, other commentaries such as the one written by Charles Spurgeon, write of the belt being something worn over the clothing – more decorative and functional at keeping the pants up. And that’s how I like to think of it, decorative and functional – the perfect accessory. But what is even more fascinating is what the Lord asks Jeremiah to do with this belt after he purchases it.
The first thing He asks him to do is wear it and not wash it. Then the Lord asks Him to travel a good distance (commentary indicates 260-ish miles) and place the belt in the crevice of a rock, which he does, only for the Lord to ask Him to go back and retrieve the belt which was now “ruined and completely useless” (another 260ish mile journey).
Talk about obedience! In my terms, this means go spend money on a nice accessory, exhaust yourself hiding it under a rock, then take it out a few days later and look at how ruined it is. If this happened to me, I assure you I would be screaming, “God, are you CRAZY!?!?” And perhaps Jeremiah did, but there is no indication that he was annoyed at all. God asked him to do it, and he did it. And then after Jeremiah’s obedience, God spoke to him…
…‘In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. These wicked people, who refuse to listen to my words, who follow the stubbornness of their hearts and go after other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt—completely useless! For as a belt is bound around the waist, so I bound all the people of Israel and all the people of Judah to me,’ declares the Lord, ‘to be my people for my renown and praise and honor. But they have not listened.’
Reading this passage of scripture has led me to one resounding conclusion…I must tie myself on to God in obedience and never let go.
Why? Because He chose me. He chose us. He actually wants to accessorize with His people! He binds us to him with praise and honor, yet so many times we do not listen. We untie ourselves and scoot under the rock of someone or something else. We look to other things, other people, to fulfill our needs stubbornly believing we know what is best for us. What relief we could feel if we would just realize being tied to Jesus is the most beautiful, most perfect and protected place to be.
So sweet sisters, don’t just think of yourself as decorated with Jesus love, realize that He also ties you around His waist as His beautiful daughter, loving every moment that you choose to tie yourself close to Him.