Jeremiah 31:1-3 This is what the Eternal has to say:
Eternal One: There will come a time when I will be the God of all the clans and families of Israel, and they will be My people. This is what I, the Eternal One, declare to you:
My people who survived the sword
found grace as they wandered in the wilderness;
When Israel went in search of rest,
I appeared to them from far away and said:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love--
out of faithfulness I have drawn you close. (VOICE)
Sometimes we find ourselves "in a pickle." We've ended up somewhere from which we're not sure we can return. Perhaps it is caused by the actions of another. The fallout from living in a fallen world. It may also be the personal consequences we experience, like that of a rebellious teenager determined to get their way - at whatever cost.
While wandering in our spiritual wilderness, we too can again find favor. If we seek God, no matter how long we have kept Him at a distance, He will appear to us from far away.
Our Faithful Father's love did not end when our rebellion began. His Holy Spirit calls to us. When we listen and follow Jesus, He will lead us out of the wilderness back home into the loving out-stretched arms of our Heavenly Father.
Romans 5:8 But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! (HCSB)
Father, I pray You help those in the wilderness to respond to You when they hear Your Spirit lovingly calling us back into Your loving arms. Help them to trust Your Son Jesus to lead them home.
Melinda started her fifth year of her devotions reading Oswald Chamber's My Utmost for His Highest. In 2015 she has made the commitment to share what this year's journey. Taking a detour, she began living Every Day With Jesus