Adjusting to a new normal can be difficult to navigate, even in the best of situations. Leaving home for the first time, getting married, having children, settling in to a new job, dealing with long-term disabilities, a divorce, loss or death – all of these can be the reality of a new normal.
If God desires for us to know Him, it only makes sense that He would want us to know His plans. Throughout Scripture, you will see a pattern of God speaking through the prophets to warn His people of imminent danger.
“Ask Me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” Jeremiah 33:3 (NLT) I call this verse, The Divine Invitation. Think about it. Originally given to the prophet Jeremiah, when under arrest and confined to the courtyard of the guard in Jerusalem, this challenge came from God Himself!
King David wrote, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” Psalm 122:1 (NLT) Is that your attitude toward worship? Do you worship with gladness?
The easiest discipline to talk about and, yet, the most difficult it seems to exercise regularly is prayer. If you’re anything like me, you busy yourself in ministry, work, and church. You become so preoccupied with life that setting aside time to pray doesn’t seem to fit into your schedule.
Have you ever given accidentally? You may have given grudgingly or under compulsion, even out of guilt, but probably never accidentally. The Bible offers Divine wisdom for giving that can impact every other area of our lives as well. It’s the power of purposing in our hearts.
What a contrast between those who trust in people and those who trust in the Lord. Jeremiah paints a vivid word picture in this passage, portraying those who trust in mere human beings for support and strength as “stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future, living in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land.”
Where do you go for refuge? When troubles surround you, to whom do you turn to for help? Jeremiah was in such a predicament. He was a young prophet to a nation spiraling out of control. Israel was on a self-destructive path, and God sent Jeremiah to warn them to turn back to Him before it was too late.
God is not elusive to those who seek Him with all their hearts. God told the prophet Isaiah, “I would not have told the people of Israel to seek Me if I could not be found.” Isaiah 45:19c (NLT)
If God chooses to never think of our sins again when we’ve been forgiven, then why do we? It seems to be human nature to remember the things we ought to forget and forget the things we should remember.