SOAP 11/5/16

Jeremiah 29 (MSG)

10-11 This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

12 “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.

13-14 “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.

“Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.

Scripture: Jeremiah 29: 10-14

Observation: I love the way the MSG version of the Bible communicates/summarizes the scripture in a poetic and easy to understand way. We know that the Israelites will be slaves to Babylon for 70 years but the moment that time is up, God will bless them and take care of them.

Application: There are many times where I can look back at mistake I’ve made. Or sins I’ve committed, and felt very distant or punished by God. I can also remember feelings or rejection by God or that He didn’t care for me or acknowledge my pain or neediness. But time and time again I can look at this one line “when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you aren’t disappointed”. And I can say, without a word of a lie, that this was and continues to be my truth. When everything else I wanted fell away, died, didn’t work out, that’s when I fully feel like my whole being was given to God. This doesn’t negate the fact that I was a Christian my whole life and followed God, but it shows that God will always want to remove more of you to give you more of Him. What might have seemed like a punishment was actually His way of protecting my heart and mind from things that will always disappoint. To keep my perspective turned to Him and not put pressure on myself, or friends, or relationships, or jobs, or anything for my value or compass.

Prayer: God, thank you that no matter what we do, you promise to take care of us. You lead us through valleys and you hold our hand up the mountain. You desire to always keep us in communion with you and to continue growing and learning. You are everything we seek. Thank you for your presence and love. Amen.

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