Dear Reader Friends, David Telbat here. Thanks for joining us for my Author Reflection with a lesson from Jeremiah, Part I. Do you know that God remembers your past devotion even when you are in the valleys of your Christian walk? Or perhaps you’re not in a valley, but on a path drifting away from God. The Book of Jeremiah gives us insight about our wayward momentum, lessons meant to bring us to repentance from sin and self-pity.
“. . . I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth . . .” Jeremiah 2:2 (NASB)
In Jeremiah’s day, we see how far Jerusalem had turned from God. They had become a wicked people, wandering from their Lord who’d saved them from slavery. Jeremiah had been sent with the Word of God to call them to repentance. He told them God remembered their devotion. His mention of their past devotion was meant to remind the people that they had wandered from where they’d begun as a devoted people.
When the world oppresses us, and we find ourselves wandering away from where we started as faithful children, God still remembers our devotion. The devotion of our past doesn’t excuse us. Rather, God will hold our devotion of the past before our eyes to bring us low, to break us, and to allow us to acknowledge our sins. God’s desire isn’t to harm us, but to bring us back to His loving arms. He is devoted to us, therefore, we want to be devoted to Him.
Return to Devotion
How frightening it is to compare the memory of our devotion against our wayward wanderings! To God, this memory of devotion is a tool to cause us to return to His path of blessing.
Are we at a place in our lives where God is holding the memory of our devotion before our eyes? If so, it’s time to receive the refreshing that can come only from His hands. We can receive His healing and turn from the tragedy of sin that will only lead to more darkness. Trusting Him to tend to our wounds, we can also trust Him to open our spiritual eyes to see our actual position in Christ (Ephesians 2:6). Let our devotion of the past become our devotion of the present and future.
See you on the path, friend!
COMING UP: Join us next time as David shares fictional COIL Status Reports on Uzbekistan and Sudan. And in the following post, David Telbat has Part II of his Author Reflection Series from Jeremiah in, “Overcoming the Fury of the World.” We hope you join us!