This past week, Terry and I had the opportunity to vacation with our daughter, Nicole, and her husband, Tirus. It also happened to be their first wedding anniversary. As I observed the love and devotion between them, I was reminded of the relationship God wants with each one of us. The Lord, speaking through Jeremiah, said, “I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert…” (v. 2:2a). This Scripture made me think about my own devotion to the Lord Jesus. I asked myself, “Do I love Jesus more now than at the beginning?” “Has my devotion cooled to a mere formality?” “Is there anything in my life that means more to me than Jesus himself?” In Jeremiah’s time, the Lord pointed out to the Israelites their neglect in seeking Him. “They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness…?’” (v. 6). The downward path into lukewarm “religion” begins with a lack of prayer. Even the priests of Jeremiah’s day “did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord…?’” It’s interesting that God sums up our prayer relationship with Him with the question “Where is the Lord?” God is not asking us to try to figure out where He dwells or doubt that He is around. When we are asking “Where are you, Lord?”, we are pressing beyond the things of the world to seek His presence. We are saying to God, “I choose to seek You and involve You in everything I go through in life. I want to know You and invite You into all of my experiences.” So, I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to seek the Lord with all your heart. Don’t allow a dull or hardened attitude to keep you distant from Him. As the years pass, our relationship with God has the potential to be closer and deeper than when we first received Him. First love is wonderful, but love forged through the years is even greater and more satisfying. God is lovingly and faithfully devoted to us. Direct your heart to seek Him!
Pastor Mark Boucher