Settled on Your Lees
Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed. ~Jeremiah 48:11
Have you ever had freshly squeezed fruit juice that was unfiltered? If you have, you know that sediment from the fruit fibers will settle on the bottom of the juice bottle or container. This sediment is referred to as “lees”. In order to obtain the best taste results of the fruit juice, you need to stir or shake up the “lees” so that it blends with the liquid. This morning we want to consider what to do with “lees in our life”.
There is the meaning.
Being settled on your lees has the idea of being complacent, indifferent, and lacking in motivation. Lees is insoluble matter that settles to the bottom of the container. The liquid lacks taste when lees are settled. It is considered watered down. It is not at its full potency when the lees have settled. The same can be said for the Christian life when complacency and indifference sets in. There is little to no motivation, passion, or concern for anything. We are not able to do much, produce much or contribute much. Being settled on our lees is indicative of inattention to critical matters of our life. Are you at a place where you are complacent or indifferent? If so, you might be someone who has settled on your lees.
There is the malignancy.
Complacency has always been the bane of important things in life. Complacency results in souls not being saved. It results in missionaries not being called to the mission field. It results in marriage losing its passion. It results in voter turnout being little during elections. It results in activity being halted. It results in an attitude that says, “let someone else do it, or I don’t care”. Complacency is contagious. Complacency steals our joy from us. Complacency is indifferent to progress or failure. Complacency will keep us from being the best we can be for the Lord.
There is the methodology.
What do you do when things have “settled on its lees?” First, you can stir it up! Second, you can shake it up! Both methods are proven to get the sediment mixed back with the juice so that it recovers its full potency and tastefulness. Sometimes God uses an accident, an unsettling event, or a trial to shake us up. He uses something unexpected to shake up things in our life to realize that there has been a detachment of the essential things of our life. Sometimes God stirs us up through a sermon, or the testimony of another person. Whichever of the two he uses will result in getting our life out of complacency mode.
Have you settled on your lees and have not been emptied from vessel to vessel? Where have you lost your effectiveness and the desire for your usage has been affected by your complacency? It’s time to shake it up, or stir it up!
Have a stirred-up God morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ezekiel 43-45