Where our Hope is Found

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Reading through Jeremiah can often draw most of our focus to the inevitable judgement that God is to bring on Israel because of their sinful ways. But interspersed within the words from God to Jeremiah, we also get to see aspects of God and His heart for His people.

The most apparent is that we get to see a God who does not ignore sin, that there is a reality to sin and there is a price to pay for it.

We don’t have to venture far from the beginning of scripture (Genesis 3) to know that man has fallen short and sinned and therefore separated from God. Scripture says we will be held accountable for all our actions and that there is eternal consequence to our sin. But God in His great mercy made a way for us to be reconciled to Him.

God took upon Himself the ultimate price to make a way for us to be saved – through the blood of Jesus.

In light of the ultimate price Jesus paid for us, how should we live – as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). Living a life that is reflective of Him that brings Him glory comes with a price to pay in the now and that is sacrificing our earthly/fleshly desires so that there can be more of God and less of ourselves within us. We often want to theoretically be living sacrifices but when it comes time to translate that into reality, comfort/self often wins.

How do we live such lives?  It starts with a purposeful pursuit of God, not neglecting His word and time sitting at His feet. This pursuit of Him will then pour into all areas of our life. God renews us from within, the work that He does in us is a change that begins from within and is reflected in the fruit that can be seen by all.

But we also know that even though our faith is placed in Him we are not without sin. 1 John 4:8 says that “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”

As God’s children, some of the consequences we experience is discipline designed to guide us back with God. God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His holiness (Hebrews 12:10)

We also get to see God who is not obscure with what He expects of the people.

In Jeremiah 16 we read God say that when the people ask you (Jeremiah) why God has decreed such a disaster on us, what wrong have we done? It was because they forsook Him, followed, served and worshipped other gods. We see God repeatedly point out the specific reason behind his decision. He does not want the people to assume it as coincidence or just bad luck. What they endure will be because His favour is no longer upon them (Jeremiah 16:13).

With clarity we know the way to be restored to God, Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”

Scripture also says that we cannot serve two masters (Mathew 6:24). The Israelites went after other gods.

What are we in pursuit of? What are we bending the knee to when it comes to our worship? We worship that which we regard and believe in, is that money, work, your assets, your image. What in your life comes before God?

Psalm 119:2b says “Blessed are they who seek Him with all their heart” 

When we are truly seeking Him with all our heart, our hearts are aligned to Him and so are our desires. That genuine seeking of God, causes our desires, delight and pursuit to be nothing else but God. Everything else finds it right position and perspective in our life.

We also get to see a persistent God, who does not give up on those that He calls His.

God has been speaking to the Israelites since their fathers turned away from Him. In Jeremiah 16:11 God says, “your fathers forsook me” and God continues to say in verse 12 “But you have behaved more wickedly than your fathers. See how each of you is following the stubbornness of his evil heart instead of obeying me.”

He does not give up on you and me because we have been struggling with sin in our lives. If we look at Peter, at his moment of fear and weakness, he denied Jesus. Did Jesus give up on Him – No, He did not and He is the same with us.

When we are not walking right with God, we can harbour the notion that God’s ardour for us cools down a bit. But in truth it does not. We move away from Him when we sin, so we do not feel His intimacy as we should. Just like the prodigal son, who was not sure how the father would respond when he turned back to Him, after all the son was disconnected from the father and therefore could not sense and feel the fathers love for him. The same way for us. How does the father respond? He does not just put up with the son upon his return, he runs to Him, embraces him and restores him to his rightful place as his child. What a picture of grace, forgiveness and love. That is who God is – let not guilt or shame keep you from turning to God. He is calling you.

We see a God who is faithful even when His people repeatedly falter in following Him. Interspersed with the consequence of the sin is the promise of their restoration (Jeremiah 16:15).

Just as the people of Israel had other things that drew their focus and worship from God, there are many distractions for us that tempt us to turn our back to God. And when I say turn, we might not necessarily entirely turn from Him but there might be aspects of our life that we have kept turned away from God, kept from entirely surrendering to Him. Those areas, that even when His voice calls us or convicts us, we remain stubborn and turned away.

By doing so, we are keeping His light from shining in those areas. Turn to Him, face Him entirely, let His light shine on every area of your life and through you to others. Let us leave no room for the enemy’s darkness to harbour but let us give it all to God.

God is where our hope is found. His voice is calling you to accept Him, to submit to Him, to lay your burdens on Him. Follow Him with delight, purpose, obedience and a servant heart.

God Bless.

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  1. I am thankful we serve a God who is concerned about our spiritual growth. He cares when we sin and convicts us so we can repent and get back to where we need to be with His help. We don’t have to hide, we can bring everything to Him. Thanks for sharing this Manu. ❤️

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  2. One word that really resonated with me in this post was “pursuit.” This paints a beautiful picture of how our lives can be, daily pursuing God. When we do this, we will not go astray. And we will always find contentment. And God pursues us too. He initiates a relationship with us, calling us to be His. And when we go down the wrong path, He chases after us to bring us back home.
    I love the story of the prodigal son that you shared. This is one that often makes me tear up. To picture God running out to greet and hug each of us as we return to the place where we always belonged.
    I appreciate that you pointed out our turning from God might be something seemingly small or subtle. We might think it is okay to keep one thing from God, but He wants all of us. And as you pointed out, anything we keep from God leaves room for the enemy.
    May we learn to pursue God every moment of every day. May we hand over every piece of our hearts to Him. When we give the Lord our lives, we will never regret it. We will find true peace.
    This was a truly heartwarming reflection. Thank you. Many blessings to you, my dear friend. ❤

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    1. You said it so well, our daily pursuit of God and His pursuit of us too.
      I love the story of the prodigal son, I never tire of what that story means and the picture of Gods love we get from it.
      Thank you so much my dear friend 🤗🌺

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  3. Today I was thinking about something similar to what you mentioned about Jeremiah 16. I was specifically thinking about the Babylonian captivity and how some God-fearing Jews also faced captivity because of the actions of their nation. Nonetheless, God worked in marvelous ways through them and made His glory manifested to a pagan nation as a result. I hate to think that my fellow believers and I could face the consequences of decisions made by a godless leadership, but it really is comforting to know that God can ultimately use that to make His name known among the nations. May we be faithful wherever He may call us. God bless you, Manu! Thank you for being such a diligent student of the Word.

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    1. It is something that can surely cause us to worry but we also know that God would look after us through it all. It does not mean it will be easy but we have to trust Him to be our protector, provider and Lord through it all.
      Thank you Colleen 🤗💙🌺

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  4. Yes, when we pursue the Lord, hope is found. To be open-hearted to the Lord, seek His direction, and grow in faith until our hearts align with His. Then, as you said, His light will shine in every area of life and through us to others, illuminating the darkness. Manu, a great post! 💖✨🌺

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  5. “When we are truly seeking Him with all our heart, our hearts are aligned to Him and so are our desires. That genuine seeking of God, causes our desires, delight and pursuit to be nothing else but God. Everything else finds it right position and perspective in our life.” Amen, sister! Delighting and pursuing God is what I want my life to be about. Blessings, Manu!!

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