Desperately Seeking An Advantage (Jeremiah 17:9-10)

What other tricks up your neck, might you be hiding?

When a pitcher does this, it can cause a baseball’s flight to become erratic, potentially giving an unfair advantage to the pitcher. It is also illegal. This N.Y. Yankee pitcher had already been caught cheating earlier this season, applying pine tar to a baseball. But once again, he concocts another way to do the deed.

When someone wants to gain an advantage on others, they will devise all sorts of schemes to achieve their goals, even if means cheating. Some things never change. God knows know our hearts and recorded these verses thousands of years ago, through the prophet Jeremiah.

The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked;
Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.
Jeremiah 17:9-10

How sad it is that some of us spend so much time devising ways to better ourselves at the expense of others. What if all of us utilized our energies to improve the lives of those around us? Think of a world where the news headlines heralded another example of caring and sacrifice rather than cheating and scheming.

If you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, someday you will live in such a world in Heaven. What a glorious promise! And it should motivate us to bring such a promise to this world in which we now live.

Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.