During October, we’re reading the Book of Jeremiah. Though Jeremiah was young and felt inadequate to fulfill the task of the prophet of the Lord, God speaks to him in Jeremiah 1 and says, “Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” As Jeremiah responded to the call of God in his life, he would face challenges, danger and the weight of speaking difficult truths to a people who did not want to listen. God’s chosen people had drifted away from God: they refused to listen to His instruction and followed the desires of their own hearts, rather than the way of the Lord. Despite this unfaithfulness, God was willing to remain faithful to the terms of His Covenant with them – they need only pay attention to His words, spoken through Jeremiah, and repent of their sins.
The book of Jeremiah is challenging to read – with repeated promises of destruction and judgement – but the challenges are often relevant to our own culture and our own lives, too. As the people of Israel are recalled to God, we are also called to lives of faithfulness. Even as Jeremiah delivers a difficult message, there is also a continued refrain of hope, as we are pointed to Christ, through whom the Kingdom of God will eventually be built and planted.
Please get involved, as together, we seek to grow in our relationship with God and develop and deepen our relationship with Him.