Scripture: Jeremiah 1-3. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Jeremiah was a prophet to Judah. Jeremiah had ministered under Judah’s last five kings, and he confronted many people with their sins. However, he felt discouraged due to a lack of response from the people. God had promised to rescue Jeremiah from the troubles that came about, but He did not keep trouble from coming. Follow along in Jeremiah 1-3, as we learn the call of Jeremiah and how Jeremiah condemns Judah for their sins!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God knew us long before we were ever born (Jeremiah 1:5), and He has a specific purpose for each of us. When God gives us specific tasks, we must be sure to accept it happily and complete the task the best that we can. Sometimes we struggle with the tasks given to us due to the lack of self-confidence. Jeremiah thought he was too young and inexperienced; however, God promised to be right by his side. When God gives us a certain task to complete, we can be completely sure that He will provide everything that we need in order to accomplish and complete it. We all encounter “storms” in life. God will walk through the storms of life with us. As the Book of Jeremiah mentions, there is no lasting security in life apart from our eternal, loving Father God. Temptations in life distract us from God. We must flee from our temptations and remind ourselves of our original commitment to God. God will remove the stains of our past and present sin(s) if we only ask Him to. He is a very loving, gracious, and forgiving Father, and He is waiting with open arms for us to return to Him. When we repent, asking forgiveness for our failures, it demands a change of our minds and hearts, that then results in a change in our behaviors.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Jeremiah and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.