Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jeremiah 2:31-33

"O generation, see ye the word of the Lord. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?
Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways."
Jeremiah 2:31-33

These are good questions.  Has God been a wilderness or a land of darkness unto us?  Probably rhetorical... definitely he hasn't.  In fact, God is who pulls us out and saves us from the dark and dreary wilderness and shows us the way to the path and something better.  So, why do we say that we are Lords and we won't hang with God anymore?  ... Pride maybe?  Or sin that we don't want to give up?  Because we actually *believe* it sometimes... that we can handle everything without God?  We do forget God, all the time.  Hopefully, as we grow closer to him, the periods of forgetfulness grow shorter and shorter... but we're still forgetting, even if it is only for an hour, or a day.
Why do we turn our lives upside down, and change ourselves or pretend to be something we're not, all to seek love?  ... Because we're lonely and desperate?  Because that is the primary focus of our lives?  We teach our enemies what temptation they can put in front of us that we'll immediately fall for.
Today, let's think about our relationship with God, and what it is that we truly seek.  Let's let go of our pride, and our sin, and remember God is our Lord and our Leader.  Let's pray, and read our scriptures, and try to remember God in our lives more often.  And let's also remember that the truest and deepest love comes from God.  If we put him first, then the righteous desires of our hearts, including friendships and companionship, will come.

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