August 11 – Today’s Readings – Jeremiah 43-45 and Psalms 41
Jeremiah is a great representation of the “insistent voice of God”.Whether the Jews were in Israel and years away from the Babylonian invasion – or whether the Babylonians were at the Gate – whether there was only a remnant left in Israel after the captivity – or whether the remnant was in Egypt – Jeremiah was there. The VOICE was there. This makes me think of Psalms 139:5-12 – “You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” Have you ever felt that God won’t leave you alone about a certain issue? Is it possible that there is only one way out of your dilemma? We need to say “yes” to God when He talks to us about an attitude, habit, a negative or hurtful word or an action that displeases Him. We need to be quick to repent and be at peace with Him and within ourselves. When we say “no” to God, only bad things can come our way – our minds will be dull, emotions in turmoil and bodies breaking down. This is the relentless love of our God – who so desires a right relationship with His people. This is why Jeremiah “chased” the people of God and confronted them again and again. It is also rather like the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives; “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you”. (John 14:26) “As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him”. (1John 2:27) It’s little wonder that when God first called Jeremiah as a young man he told him to “not be afraid of them”. Quick note – If the preacher sounds like he’s repeating himself again and again – well maybe he’s heard from God and has a message we have not obeyed yet.
1. Give another example from Scripture where God’s voice was “insistent”.
2. Give an example from your own life where God needed to be “insistent” and wouldn’t stop talking to you about something.