Yesterday Lent began. We entered 40 days of fasting and prayer.
Todays Reading – listen here: Jeremiah 13-14
This section of reading is odd and strange. God tells Jeremiah to go buy underwear and then wear it for a time, then hide it by burying it. Later God tells him to go dig it up. The underwear are ruined.
The Lord says, “Just like this I will ruin the great pride of both Judah and Jerusalem. These evil people, who refuse to listen to me, who follow the stubbornness of their own hearts, and who have followed other gods to serve and bow in worship—they will be like this underwear, of no use at all.”
At first read this is really out there but God is telling Jeremiah to go buy a peice of garment that is a covering – this underwear isnt like what we would wear. It is more like a linen belt. It was a sign of dignity and nobility. But what is even stranger that he would wear this for some time. People would have seen him. Then he would have disappeared to go bury it and then returned without it. This was an object lesson. While once these people had nobility and dignity. It has been ruined like this garment.
While this is definately odd. We get the drift that God is over it with these people. But what catches my attention in these two chapters is Jeremiahs responses. He hangs on to hope for dear life.
Though our iniquities testify against us,
Lord, act for your name’s sake.
Indeed, our rebellions are many;
we have sinned against you.
8 Hope of Israel,
its Savior in time of distress,
why are you like a resident alien in the land,
like a traveler stopping only for the night?
9 Why are you like a helpless man,
like a warrior unable to save?
Yet you are among us, Lord,
and we bear your name.
Don’t leave us!Jeremiah 14: 7-9
God is our hope! Isn’t that all we really have in this life? We can not save ourselves. We can not overthrow God. He is our hope! Do we trust Him?
Isn’t that the real question? Do we trust Him? God sent His only Son, Jesus, to die in our place. That was His answer to our sin. He made a way for us. There was a time in my life when I was so lost. I would do anything to try and feel better about my life, new boyfriend’s, drugs, and doing crazy things just to feel alive. Then one day during choir class, a girl named Andrea, started asking me questions and tell me about Jesus. From that point forward the Lord was chasing me down. Everywhere I turned for satisfaction, pleasure, or some kind of emotional high always ended up awful. It was like He just began to hem me in and make things more tight and narrow until I started calling out to Him. I did! I began to say, “God if you are real, I need you to help me? I cant do this anymore! I need you to get me out of here.” That was when the real journey began.
Put your hope in God! You wont be disappointed.
Thanks for Listening,