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Jeremiah 29:10-14

10-11This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. 12“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. 13-14“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—”bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. (The Message)

i’ve been beating myself up recently. but that’s getting ahead of the story.

all my life has been like any other life. it’s had it’s ups and downs. times where the world was mine and times where the world had beaten me down. no matter what i knew that God was with me, but i didn’t seem to seek him unless i was down or at camp lol. and it always seemed like i was using God when i was down, which bothered me, but not enough to do anything about it. but this year has been different. i’ve been away from my family for almost a year now (1 week away) i’ve been through basic training, AIT and half a deployment.

through basic i really started to get back to God. it was one of those down times that i knew that i needed to get closer to Him or else i wasn’t going to make it. but it was the start of a personal revival that has taken place over the past year and has sort of culminated tonight. i made good christian friends in my platoon, people that i can still look to spiritually. i also read throuh the new testament in those  9 weeks.

AIT i strayed away a bit, i still read my bible and prayed, but not like i did in basic, then i graduated and moved to fort bliss and figured out i was leaving to go overseas. i was so shocked i didn’t know what to think. i was upset that i was being taken away from my family, but glad that my unescapable deployment was going to be out of the way, knowing that i would have a little more money to pay off some things that i knew that i needed to. but life threw me some curveballs that i had to read and deal with accordingly, but with God’s help i made it through in tact.

So i’m on the top of the world, at one of those times that i would normally not turn to God for help, but thank God that i’m not there. i’m at a place where even though everything seems all figured out i want to search for God. if you read my post Hunger you know that i have that desire to search for Him. but the desire hasn’t been a want. i know that sounds crazy but they seem to be two different things in my life.

today though i talked to someone about all this, a friend of mine here. and tonight my desire has turned into a want. then i came accross this post from the other day and i reread jeremiah 29:10-14 and was elated with what i read. we all look at jeremiah 29:11 as the pivotal verse “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” but the verses that followed popped out more tonight.

“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—”bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. (The Message)

what a beautiful message to the israelites, yet it still took them 70 years to finally get it. hopefully it won’t take us as long, and we’ll recognize that God has our future planned and it’s a good one. and when we are serious about finding Him we will not be disappointed. a message then and still a message now.

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Posted August 10, 2010 by mattiev9287 in about me, Bible study, jeremiah

Lessons Learned From Jeremiah 33:3   Leave a comment

” ‘Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and wondrous things you do not know’ ” Jeremiah 33:3 (HCSB)

jeremiah had it tough. he was prophesying to a group of people who did NOT want to here what he had to say and who would rather listen to false prophets give good news, but he did say what God tole him to say.

God told jeremiah to call on Him about a year after the babylonian siege of jerusalem began and about a year before they babylonians broke into the city and jeremiah was being imprisoned in the guard’s courtyard.

in the previous chapter jeremiah was questioned by the king, zedekiah, why he was making prophecies that the babylonians would succeed in their siege, and jeremiah responds with the story of God telling him to buy a tract of land that jeremiah was the redeemer of. at this time it seemed foolish to buy land that would soon be worthless but jeremiah knew better.

” ‘ ” For this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields, and vineyards will again be bought in this land” ‘ ” Jeremiah 32:15 (HCSB)

jeremiah had a promise that God was going to allow the babylonians to burn jerusalem (Jeremiah 32:29), but God had also let him in on some secrets. jeremiah knew that the promise was still there and that God had not abandoned His people.

although Jeremiah is a book that is foretelling destruction, a book of a prophet that feels overwhelmed from time to time, a prophet who has to flee to egypt and a prophet who watches his city burn, it is a book of HOPE and this is just one of the passages that show’s that.

another popular passage in jeremiah also has to do with hope, Jeremiah 29:10-14

10-11This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. 12“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. 13-14“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—”bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. (The Message)

in this passage jeremiah is writing to the exiles in babylon, but in Jeremiah 33:3 GOD is talking to His prophet, letting him know that indeed the nation will return to it’s glory but this time it will be a God centered nation and not a self centered nation. it will be purified by God

so what does this mean to US

as far as both passages go we have no reason to believe that the statements only apply to the exiles or jeremiah, but i think that there is a better lesson to be learned from Jeremiah 33:3… He cares

it seems that if we search the heart of God we know that it pains Him to punish His children, although He doesn’t hesitate to do so. this should bring us joy, because we know that He cares for us. we are His children and He wants us to succeed and He wants to answer the questions that we have. He wants us to search Him out so that He can show us those things that we do not know.

so if you don’t know why something is happening, if you feel overwhelmed by your circumstances and if you just want someone to talk to, know that there was a prophet many years ago that felt the same way and God told him to call on Him, so know that you can do the same thing

Posted July 5, 2010 by mattiev9287 in Bible study, jeremiah