Thursday, February 26, 2015
Jeremiah 2:2 speaks to me today:
“Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, “I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth, the love of your betrothals, your following after Me in the wilderness, through a land not sown.”’”
Wow. Think about Israel’s time in the wilderness, the struggle God and Moses had with those stubborn people who too often fell to disillusionment with the provision of God and too easily turned in their hearts back to the Egypt of their captivity. Yet God in His recital here does not focus His remembrance on that negative. Instead, He sees the good accomplished and reminds the people of that truth.
Here God encourages my heart to realize that He is with me and was with me in all of my wilderness journeying. As with Israel, He remembers the good of our journey: the times when my heart heard and I responded to His work in and through me. That is what He remembers of my wilderness times. Too often I remember the struggle and the failures, but He remembers the moments of closeness, breakthrough, obedience, and progress. Thank You, Father God.
Take time today to look back over your wilderness-seasons in life. Are you haunted by a failure and still walking in that way of life? If so, repent and walk in the saving grace of God’s provision for you. Are you beating yourself up over a past flaw that is no longer active in your life experience? Thank God for His deliverance and get out of the pit of despair that regret and condemnation digs for us.
Listen for God’s remembrances over you. What progress did you accomplish with Him? What victories did you win? What deliverance did you experience? Remember these things about your wilderness times with God and give Him the glory due His name.
If you are currently walking a wilderness-path with God, watch for His hand at work. Listen for His voice, whispering, “This is the way. Walk ye in it.” Note every victorious step, every true and right breath you take by the power of His supply. Let these things form your remembrance for days to come.
One verse today instructs the people to sound the trumpet throughout the land. Take time today to sound shofar over your life and situations. Sound shofar every day that God leads you to do so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t38UINaExeQ&list=PLTgpTgKDYWUKLo8IZe-fo1SSUsfaGQmIN
All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.