It’s now early Monday morning which means I’m about a day late posting this week’s 90 Day Bible Challenge reflection. I had a pretty hectic week with an out-of-town conference and a short visit with my three nieces. Though I got a little bit behind in my reading, thanks to the Bible on CD that I keep in my car, I should be caught up tomorrow.
Now on to the readings. This week was Isaiah and Jeremiah. As I read (and listened to) these passages, I very much appreciated how fresh Kings, Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah were on my mind. Having read those books, I had a very good context from which to read and understand this week’s two books.
What was really clear to me in both books, but especially in Jeremiah, was how much God wanted relationship with the Israelites. He wanted to be good to them, to love them, to call them friend (yes, I’ve been listening to a LOT of Israel Houghton and New Breed), and to be their Father, but they wouldn’t let Him. I felt His frustration as He looked on His creation, the people He had chosen and saw them behaving so foolishly. I could almost see Him scratching his head and going, “Huh?” Well, maybe not exactly, but you get my drift.
He watched these people build their own dead and powerless gods and choose to serve them rather than Him. He wanted them turn to enemy nations for help, rather than turn to Him. Then, to beat all, he watched Judah continue on her path of destruction after seeing where that same road had taken Israel. Why couldn’t Judah learn from what happened to Israel? Beats me, and I get the feeling that God felt about the same way.
Then you have God giving them chance after chance (even 26 chances for you New Breed fans) to get right with Him and then finally having to let them have their way and receive the fruit of their destruction–capture and enslavement. This was certainly not God’s plan for them, but ultimately their choice for themselves. I won’t even go into the parrallels we see in our own lives as our personal choices lead us down paths that God never intended for us to travel. Yet, He is there to lead us out. Every time. Do you hear me? Every time.
What I saw this week so much was the love of God. Yes, there was His wrath, but that wrath was shrouded in His love. It made me realize how little I love God in comparison to the depth of His love for me. There is no comparison. The good thing is, He doesn’t want a comparison. All He wants is a people who will love Him and show that love by obeying Him. I want to be in that number. How about you?
Before I close, I want to share a scripture that caught my eye this week because it was a bit funny and a bit sad. Isaiah 4:1 (NLT):
In that day few men will be left alive. Seven women will fight over each of them and say, “Let us all marry you! We will provide our own food and clothing. Only let us be called by your name so we won’t be mocked as old maids.”
I don’t know if this passage was prophetic or not, but it stands as a strong commentary on relationships today. Have a great week and don’t forget to share what you’re learning.