Today we meet another prophet and begin another book in the Bible as we read Jeremiah 1-3.
Just to give you a perspective on time and setting, Isaiah shared God's word around 700 BC, and Jeremiah is called to the job in Judah around 585 BC. Assyria, Babylon, and Egypt are the major world powers at the time.
Being a prophet is a true calling from God, as we see from the beginning with Jeremiah, and Jeremiah faithfully serves God in this way for 40 years.
Jeremiah has to deliver news that God's people absolutely do not want to hear. God's people have forgotten about Him in their day to day lives, and they need repent and refocus their time and their energy on their Savior.
But, they are stubborn people.
It's a case in which living in denial is much easier than facing the truth. And as a result, Jeremiah is not a popular guy. His work is hard and trying.
As I read, I keep looking for the words with God's direction for our lives today. How can we be faithful now and learn from this example?
God sums up where His people go wrong with one really simple and powerful question,
They did not ask, "Where is the LORD..."
That's it in a nutshell.
God wants us to ask this question everyday, wherever we are and in everything we do.
Because HE IS WITH US. And when we look for Him, we will find Him---no question about it.
A prayer for today-
I thank You for being with me in all that I do and showing me the way I should go.
Forgive me for all the ways I forget to look for You and find you throughout my days.
Where are You today, LORD? Where are revealing Yourself to me?
I give You my day. Empower me by Your Holy Spirit as I seek to serve You.
I also pray for ____________________. Help him/her/them look for You and find You and Your graceful love.
You are sovereign and at work. Help us all to see and appreciate Your power and presence each and every day.
In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit I pray,
Peace of Christ,