“Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways” (Jeremiah 2:33).
It is an easy thing for a child of God to desire to be liked and loved. No child of God desires conflict. Yet the truth is there is a built in conflict between the flesh of man and the Spirit of God. When you trusted Christ as your personal Saviour the Holy Spirit of God came in to dwell in your body. He is your constant companion. He not only regenerates you but he teaches, guides, comforts, and even convicts. Why, because of the battle from the flesh to quench the Holy Spirit!
Here is a pastor who feels alienated from his people. He has been faithful in the preaching and teaching of God’s word. He personally loves to be loved. He personally desires to be accepted by his members. He finds himself at odds with those he has given his life to serve. He has won them to Christ. He has nurtured them in the Lord and yet he finds himself under pressure to conform to their ways. The question then must be answered-Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love?
Here is a lonely college student who has surrendered to full time service and left home to attend Bible College. He finds peer pressure did not stay at home but followed him to college. He stands for and does right. Yet, he finds those around him for various reasons are playing college and playing church. He wants to be loved. He wants to be accepted. He wants to be liked. Thus the pressure to conform exists almost daily. So, the question must be asked-Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? Here is a struggling parent with a rebellious child. The child threatens to leave home if the rules of the house are not changed. It is very easy for parent to trim their way to seek love.
Here is a little gal in high school and she is not in the in crowd, but she is a godly young lady. The pressure begins to heighten on her. It would be very easy for her to trim her ways to seek love and acceptance. Here is a lonely teenage boy. He does right because he wants to do right but the pressure begins to mount. The peer pressure is almost too much to bear. It would be very easy to trim his way in order to seek love. Here is a college young lady who wants to date, but she is too straight laced they say. It is tough and a very easy thing for her to trim her way to seek love. Here is a young man in college. A young lady has shown him some attention but she is always critical and self-centered as well as selfish. It is very easy for him to trim his way to seek love.
Here is a young widow. She is lonely and she faces it day in and day out. The emotional pressure is almost too much to bear with the empty spot at the dinner table, the bed, and the sofa. It would be very easy for her to trim her way in order to seek love. Here is a businessman who’s an honest man and a shady deal is offered to him. It is very easy for him to trim his way to seek love.
Whether it is the love of money, a girl, a boy, a church member, an employee, a son, a daughter, or a boss; if you trim your way to seek love you will regret it one day.
By the way you are in some good company! Paul did take a Jewish vow. Peter went fishing naked looking for acceptance. Peter cursed and denied his Lord, his faith, and his church looking for love. Barnabas fussed with Paul and chose his nephew over God’s will for he was looking for love. Solomon did the same thing in taking many wives when God said one wife for one lifetime in Deuteronomy 17:17 for he was seeking love. Demas did the same thing by trimming his way in order to seek the love of the world. John Mark did the same thing by turning back trimming his way in order to seek love. King David trimmed his way when he stayed home from leading his army into battle in search of love.
Here is a struggling youth pastor taking a stand for right. A child complains to his parent. The parent becomes upset with the youth pastor. Pressure is put on the youth pastor and it would be an easy thing for the youth pastor to trim his way to seek love.
Here is a choir director giving his all to proper music and the pressure to liberalize his music standard comes against him. It would be very easy for him to trim his way to seek love.
A church takes a strong fundamental stand for soul winning, standards, bus ministry, being independent, pastoral leadership, and an inspired King James Bible. The pressure comes from family members and other churches. It would be very easy for them to trim their way to seek love.
God asks the question, “Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love?” It is possible this article was Jeremiah’s first sermon after his ordination. The scope of his sermon was to show God’s people their errors.
God’s people were charged with the sin of idolatry. God’s people had broken their covenants and had degenerated from their good beginnings. Jeremiah let them know that they were without precedent in changing loves. He let God’s people know they had willfully and obstinately changed their lifestyle, which in the end their idols would be unable to help them.
The same is true today for whomever or whatever you have traded for your God will not be able to help you in the end. Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love?
Here is an allusion to someone who becomes a lewd woman: a painted up face, a fancy hairdo, a mini skirt, and an attire of a harlot. Here is sinful courting and God asks why? God pleads with them and asks in verse 31, “Have I been a wilderness unto Israel?” and “Have I given you a land of darkness” and “Why do you reject me” and say, “We are lords we will come no more unto thee?”
Jeremiah 2:32, “Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number.”
In verse 33 God said you have encouraged the wicked by trimming your way to seek love. God says to them the blood of the innocent will be on your hands for trimming your way to seek love. God says in verse 35 to them just because you think it is ok does not make it ok! In verse 36 God tells them they will become gadabouts. Why, because they trimmed their way to seek love. In verse 37 God continues by saying to His people you will not prosper and all because you trimmed your way to seek love.
For some strange reason we think that if we trim our way that the world will love us! Not true! They will use us and despise us in order to get out of us what they want! “Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love.”