Daily Archives: January 12, 2014

Worship Our God

Jeremiah 1:5

The Scriptures tell us: “Before I formed you [Jeremiah] in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). This is a great scripture for those who say that human life begins at conception. God communicated with a human in the womb; Jeremiah was there as a person and God chose him there. Jeremiah must have had an incredible childhood!

Jeremiah’s woes were unimaginable to our relatively peaceful lives. From an earthly perspective, his life was a failure. During his lifetime he watched the decay of God’s chosen people, the horrible destruction of Jerusalem and the deportation of the nation to Babylon.

The lesson: We can hope in Christ even when we feel like our lives are failures. Jeremiah preached for forty years and saw no visible result among those he served. Instead, those countrymen sought to kill him if he wouldn’t stop preaching doom (Jeremiah 11:19-23). He had virtually no converts to show for a lifetime of ministry.

The lesson: We can hope in Christ even when we see no results from all we try to do for God. This suffering and lonely prophet had no one in whom to find joy and comfort; his own family and friends were involved in plots against him (Jeremiah 12:6). He never had the joy of a godly home because God never allowed him to marry, and thus he suffered incredibly agonizing loneliness(Jeremiah 16:2).

The lesson: We can hope in Christ even when we are alone. Jeremiah lived under a constant threat of death; there were plots to kill him in secret so no one would find him (Jeremiah 18:20-23).

The lesson: We can hope in Christ even when we are close to death. In the end, tradition tells us that Jeremiah was exiled to Egypt. While faithfully preaching God’s Word to the exiles, he was stoned to death by his own people. In spite of everything, he found hope in worshiping our God.

And you, too, can find living hope in Christ even when supposedly bad things happen to good people. Here is how: Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him (Lamentations 3:22-25; emphasis added).

When troubles come, knowing that God is good to all who turn to Him for help, the person who is genuine trusts in Christ and finds hope to “keep on keeping on”!

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God Is Always Present

Matthew 1:18-24

Like the Jews of old we also wait for the coming of God among us, for our Immanuel (God with us). Maybe we should take a moment and ask ourselves, how do we expect God to come among us? How does God work among us? This is necessary because sometimes the problem is not that God is not with us, the problem rather is that we do not recognize the ways of God’s presence and action among us. We are often enough like Jacob in Bethel who awoke from his sleep and exclaimed, “So the LORD is in this place – and I did not know it!” (Genesis 28:16).

The coming of the long awaited Messiah, the light of the world, the king of the Jews and the desire of the nations, not through clouds and lightning but through the nine-months pregnancy of a country girl, reminds us that God comes in ordinary, normal, daily circumstances of life. God comes to us in the people we see around us being born, growing up, ageing and dying. It is often hardest to see God in the people who are familiar to us, not to talk of in our own very selves. But if we see the incarnation of the Son of God as a bridge between heaven and earth, between the divine and the human, between the order of grace and the order of nature, between the sacred and the profane, maybe we will begin to discern the presence and action of God more and more in our daily lives.

A Nigerian proverb says, “Listen, and you will hear the footsteps of the ants.” Today we are challenged to listen and hear the footsteps of God who comes into our lives in ordinary ways, through ordinary people and at ordinary moments of our lives. No need to look up to the mountain top or the depths of the ocean, for “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

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