June 3, 2015
No matter how far we get from God He is with us, waiting to welcome us back. When we’re lost, tired of trying to do things our way, tired of trying to make it on our own, He is there, waiting to wrap us up, carry us, and restore us. Jeremiah 3 reassures us that God is faithful.
‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord,
‘I will frown on you no longer,
for I am faithful,’ declares the Lord,
‘I will not be angry forever. (Jeremiah 3:12)
The Israelites, the subject of Jeremiah’s writing, turned their backs on God, committed adultery, worshiped idols and still God was seeking them and waiting for their return. They were backsliding to say the least. And look what God promises the Israelites, He promises to cure them of their backsliding. And that promise is every bit ours to claim today.
“Return, faithless people;
I will cure you of backsliding.” (Jeremiah 3:22)
If you feel far from God recognize that He has not moved. He is right next to you waiting for you to turn to Him. His mercies are new every morning. Claim His mercy, rest on His promise, listen for His small still voice.
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. – Mother Teresa
We’ll spend the month of June with Jeremiah. At the end of the month we will have read through the book of Jeremiah and replenished our arsenal of faith based responses to stress, fear, anxiety, and apprehension about what the future holds. If you have friends or family members who are struggling with these obstacles please encourage them to join us for June with Jeremiah.