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“I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the wilderness, through a land not sown.”
Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord spoke these tender words of remorse. The Lord recounted that after He had rescued them out of their slavery in Egypt, the people of Israel followed Him wholeheartedly. He relates them to a young bride who follows after her husband lovingly. It took them 40 years, yet they eventually arrived in the land of promise.
I said that the Lord spoke these words in a remorseful way. Why? Because after His initial recounting, He quickly reminded the people of Israel that after He had blessed them abundantly, they in time turned from Him and embraced the foreign gods that other nations worshipped. It begs the question, “What Happens After We’ve Been Blessed?” I know that in my life there have been times when I have struggled and fought to win a victory, trusting the Lord all along the way, only to find myself becoming lazy in my walk with Jesus after I’ve been blessed. The Latin word for Passion is Passio, which means Suffering, as in “The Passion of The Christ.” There’s something about embracing the pain of the wilderness that caused the Israelites to pursue the Lord wholeheartedly, but once they got to the Promised Land, life became prosperous and easy. They lost their passion, their commitment to the Lord God Almighty. Only when we embrace the pain of being fully committed to Jesus can we reach our complete fulfillment as believers on this earth.
This AM, as I think back to the day that I first followed You, I’m filled with a desire to press on to know You MORE! I’m not leaving You. Instead, I will always pursue You, my Lord. Amen