God used a variety of visual images through the prophets to show the people the nature of their life with Him. In Jeremiah 13 God uses an illustration of a garment that is bound around the waste like a belt. He is told to take a new garment and hide it among the rocks leaving it there for a long time. When he was told to go back and get it, it had rotted and was useless. Then God said, “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.”(vs.11) The problem was that the people refused to honor God and became like a rotted garment. The text says that the lives of God’s people are to bring Him honor and praise. God is not an egotist needing people to praise Him. He needs nothing from us. But by our lives bringing honor to Him we find our greatest joy, and we witness to others of the goodness of our gracious Lord. Long after the time of Jeremiah the Apostle Paul wrote, “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”(Colossians 3:17) This is not a life of law and fear of punishment if we offend God, but a life of thanksgiving in the joy of knowing our gracious God. Even in our failures we rejoice that our God does not abandon us. He is always there to forgive, cleanse, and give new life. Living in this grace we bring Him glory.