Saturday, May 26, 2018

Jeremiah 50:5 -- On Fleeing to God

"They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten."
Jeremiah 50:5

This is part of a prophecy that most Bible scholars believe has already happened, but of course as with so many other prophecies and events in gospel history, that never means that it couldn't happen again... and in this particular verse is something that maybe we should make happen in our personal lives as well.

In the account, a nation comes out of the north and makes the land desolate.  The people flee, weeping, and specifically here, they flee to Zion, seeking God.  That idea of fleeing to God is a powerful one, and one that I think applies to us personally when our lives are laid desolate, which they are, and will be, at times.  And in those times, making or renewing our covenants with the Lord is a super good idea.

When things go wrong we have a lot of choices, but one major one is whether we walk away from God, or walk toward him.  Often we choose to walk away, seeing tragedy and desolation as indications that God doesn't love us.  Other times, as in this verse, we look to God for comfort and protection in the midst of tragedy.  And hopefully we grow from the first choice into the second as we learn more about God's ways and the necessary role that trials play in our lives.

Today, let's work on finding and building Zion.  Let's seek to join ourselves to the Lord, and to establish and remain true to our covenants with him.  When things go wrong, let's flee to God... always moving towards the Lord rather than away from him.

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