Jul 29, 2018
Jeremiah 29:11-13Jeremiah 29:11-13
NRSV11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13 When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, ESV11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[b] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
What does this scripture mean to you?Has it had a different effect this reading as compared to times past?How does this scripture make you feel?
Continue breathing deeply as you ponder this meaning.
Meditation on scripture / bible verse meditation:
Normally I don’t get too heavy into heavy into history in this podcast but I feel that this is really important for a metaphor for our time. During the time of the Old Testament God warned the people to repent or they would be overthrown. The didn’t listen and paid the consequences. At that time the people of Israel were divided into the northern and the southern Kingdom. The northern Kingdom retained the name of Israel and the Southern Kingdom retained the name of its principle tribe of Judah. Jeremiah was a prophet to the Southern Kingdom. Both the North and the South Kingdoms had prophets foretelling their demise. For the northern Kingdom this happened around 721 BC. They never regained their status as the people of God. Because their religious practice and culture had been mixed with other nations they were regarded very lowly by the Jews at the time of Jesus. One name used to represent a subset of these people during the time of Jesus was Samaritans who Jesus taught and spoke of.
In the time of Jeremiah the Southern Kingdom had been overthrown also. They had been brought into Babylon but here God lays out a way for them to return. A way for them to remain the people of God. That way is to search for him with all their heart. Jeremiah tells them that in 70 years the Lord will deliver them back out of Babylon. Other parts of the Old Testament show how the people were able to return after a time. For you and I in our time God has continued to tell us how to be saved by him. He has taught us how to overcome death and sin. The answer is the same. Search for Him will all our heart. When Jehovah told this to Jeremiah to tell to the people, he knew that he would come and die for us all. He knew that we stood no chance to be redeemed through the Law. Our only hope is to search for Him. May we humble our hearts and search for God will all our hearts.
Meditation of Prayer:
Pray as directed by the Spirit.Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.
Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:I invite you to sit in silence feeling being patient for your own faults and trials.
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Final Question: What could you do in your life to search for God
with all your heart.
Final thought -We can be delivered only by seeking God. One powerful way to do that is to engage in meaningful prayer. I make this podcast to assist you and me in maintaining a prayerful and God centered mindset but it is not enough to listen and feel calm. We need to search for Him through deep and meaningful prayer. My greatest desire with this podcast is that it inspires each of us to do just that. And to develop a relationship with God that drives us ever closer to him, a relationships that constantly strengthens our faith and guides our actions to abide by what He has taught.
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