Friday, August 22, 2014

Jeremiah 49-50

Is it just me, or do we seem to be reading in circles as we continue with Jeremiah 49-50?  I feel like I've heard much of this stuff before, and it's just not fun to read.  

God has messages for people all over the place about their lives and their futures.  In today's reading.  He's specifically speaking to people in Ammon, Edom, Damascas, Kedar, Hazor, Elam, Babylon, Israel, and Judah.

Pain and destruction are coming.  And out of human suffering, God promises to restore His people.

I think God must really want us to get it since much of this is repeated news.

But, what do you and I need to get when it comes to where we are right now in our own lives?  What do you think is so important for us to pull from these frustrated and angry words that are so hard to hear?

These words stand out to me today...

"In those days, at that time," 
  declares the LORD,
"the people of Israel and the people of Judah together
  will go in tears to seek the LORD their God.
They will ask the way to Zion
  and turn their faces toward it.
They will come and bind themselves to the LORD
  in an everlasting covenant
  that will not be forgotten."

In these days, and at this time too, we, as God's people are living in this everlasting covenant with our God.  Jesus has transformed our loving relationship with God to be so much more intimate than it was before Christ died for us.  Right now, God lives in us so that He will never again be far from His people.

God wants us to be close to Him, no matter what we go through in life or how broken and lost we may become at times.  

Even if we forget to find God everywhere we go and in everything we do, God doesn't ever forget us.  He keeps calling us by name and works His grace into every facet of our lives.

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank You for all the ways You call us by name and draw us close to You.  Thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit that guides us.

Forgive me for all the ways I forget to seek You everywhere I go and in all that I do.  I know I need You and Your help Lord.  

I pray that You will help me bind myself to You, my Lord and Savior.  Guide me to follow You and grow in my faith.

I also pray that You will draw __________________ close to You.

You are our sovereign and everlasting God.

In Jesus' name I pray,

Peace of Christ,

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

No comments:

Post a Comment