Our God’s Desires Revealed
Shortly before Israel was destroyed and taken captive by King Nebakanezer of Babylon, God wanted to show His people what He really wanted;
He raised up Jeremiah to go to the people and remind them of His love for them and how His heart was broken.
God wanted Jeremiah to tell the people of Israel that all was not lost in spite of their long history of sin and rebellion.
The first words Jeremiah was given to speak were:
Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem,
Thus sayeth the Lord;
I remember thee,
the kindness of thy youth,
the love of thine espousals,
when thou wentest after me
in the wilderness,
in a land that was not sewn.
Israel was holiness unto the LORD,
and the firstfruits of his increase:
~ Jeremiah 2:2-3 a
This is one of the most beautiful and sad expressions of God’s love toward us (the children of the promise) ever written.
God also included those who would not inherit the promise because His love extends to all but especially to those who believe.
That is why we labor and strive,
because we have put our hope in the living God,
who is the Savior of all people,
and especially of those who believe.
~ 1 Timothy 4:10
The Lord gave us a rare glimpse into His heart and how we, as His children, hurt Him so, when we chose to walk in sin and rebellion rather than submerge our lives into His waters of refreshing and enduring love.
When we as Christians sin, we grieve the heart of God and trample upon the blood of the Captain of our salvation.
He came to set us free, yet so many of us remain in the bondage of iniquity.
Israel’s glorious deliverance did not last long because they soon fell, in the Wilderness of Sin. It was their unbelief and doubt in the sufficiency of God that caused them to backslide.
Do you believe God can meet all of your needs and keep you from that which separates us from Him? He promises to keep us from falling into temptation that leads to sin if we faithfully believe.
In 1 Corinthians 10, the context of Jeremiah’s message is captured beautifully.
It shows that after repentance, not only are we not to fall back into sin:
but there is also no excuse if we do and we will be subject to the consequences of God not being pleased with us if we continue to do wickedness.
God loves us too much to give His children back over to sin after He died and set them free from it.
For I do not want you to be unaware,
that our fathers were all under the cloud
and all passed through the sea;
and all were baptized into Moses
in the cloud and in the sea;
and all ate the same spiritual food;
and all drank the same spiritual drink,
for they were drinking from a spiritual rock
which followed them;
and the rock was Christ.
with most of them God was not well-pleased;
for they were laid low in the wilderness.
Now these things happened
as examples for us,
so that we would not crave
evil things as they also craved.
Do not be idolaters,
as some of them were;
as it is written,
“The PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK,
AND STOOD UP TO PLAY.”
Nor let us act immorally,
as some of them did,
and twenty-three thousand fell in one day.
Nor let us try the Lord,
as some of them did,
and were destroyed by the serpents.
as some of them did,
and were destroyed by the destroyer.
Now these things happened to them
as an example,
and they were written for our instruction,
upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
let him who thinks he stands
take heed lest he fall.
No temptation has overtaken you
but such as is common to man;
and God is faithful,
who will not allow you to be tempted
beyond what you are able,
but with the temptation
will provide the way of escape,
so that you will be able to endure it.
Therefore, my beloved,
flee from idolatry.
I speak as to wise men;
you judge what I say.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:1-15
If we are baptized into Jesus’ death and born anew by His life giving Holy Spirit, we are given a way to endure any and all temptation that leads to sin.
We don’t need sin, we need God.
And God is able to bless you abundantly,
so that in all things at all times,
having all that you need,
you will abound in every good work.
~ 2 Corinthians 9:8
We must remain fully consecrated to what God wants to work mightily in us.
It is free and it is real if only we seek and believe with all our heart and DO NOT DOUBT.
if any of you lacks wisdom,
let him ask of God,
who gives to all generously
and without reproach,
and it will be given to him.
But he must ask in faith
without any doubting,
for the one who doubts
is like the surf of the sea,
driven and tossed by the wind.
For that man ought not to expect
that he will receive anything from the Lord,
being a double-minded man,
unstable in all his ways.
~ James 1:5-8
The following is one of the most beautiful of all prayers Paul made for us that describes the power that God wants to imbue in us.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of glory,
may give unto you the spirit of wisdom
in the knowledge of him:
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened;
that ye may know
what is the hope of his calling,
and what the riches of the glory
of his inheritance in the saints,
And what is the exceeding greatness
of his power to us-ward who believe,
according to the working of his mighty power,
Which he wrought in Christ,
when he raised him from the dead,
and set him at his own right hand
in the heavenly places,
Far above all principality, and power,
and might, and dominion,
and every name that is named,
not only in this world,
but also in that which is to come:
And hath put all things under his feet,
and gave him to be the head
over all things to the church,
Which is his body,
the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
~ Ephesians 1:17-23
Here we are told unequivocally that God can and does give to us all the power we need to serve Him in holiness and righteousness and not in sin.
When considering the our bridegroom, in Jeremiah 2:2-3, and the passages above, we can know and do exactly what He wants.
He wants us to remember the kindness, fidelity, innocence, and beauty that we experienced when we first experienced His wonderful work of salvation.
He wants us to continue to chase after him and grab hold of Him with the love of an innocent child.
My Prayer for You
Let us completely rely on His grace, believing with all our hearts, that drinking in His purifying love will keep us spotless and unblemished, blameless and pure, innocent and whole; through all that parched and dark wilderness this world of sin and death can bring.
Ask God to Help You
He wants us all to be beautiful, enduring, and fruitful branches happily growing out of the riches of His living waters that spring from his Vine of eternal love.