I love the promises that God gives us – promises to protect, and keep us safe.
I promise to be with you and keep you safe, so don’t be afraid. – Jeremiah 1:8 CEV
Those were what I counted on in the newness of my relationship with Him. I needed those to survive, to transition, to be changed by the Holy Spirit to become what He purposed me to be.
When you were my young bride,
you loved me
and followed me
through the barren desert. – Jeremiah 2:2 CEV
Somewhere along the way, there are those friends of mine who have found that the narrow path has lost its flavour. The joys of this world, the pleasures, somehow made us forget that God was blessings us. We forgot that these things were not for us to absorb and keep, but to give away to others who had less than we did. Unfortunately, I have met many of these individuals personally. I wish I could say that in my desire to disciple them back into a relationship with God, I could not. Their story is very much like the world Jeremiah was speaking of.
Your shoes are worn out,
and your throat is parched
from running here and there
to worship foreign gods.
“Stop!” I shouted,
but you replied, “No!
I love those gods too much.” You are so clever
at finding lovers
that you could give lessons
to a prostitute. You have more gods
than a prostitute has lovers. You act like a prostitute
when you try to win back your lovers. – Jeremiah 2:25,33;3:1;4:30 CEV
I was taught in my first year of ministry that one of the best ways to avoid the temptation of pleasure was to give.
God loves people who love to give. – 2 Corinthians 9:7 CEV
While my walk with God is crazy, I can see one very common, reappearing theme in my life – I have always given what I have, away. I know that it is not my salvation, but I also know that pleasure will not take me off the narrow path – I just do not give it a chance. Will my friends ever find their way back to God? Yes, I will be praying for them as will others. When God steps in and grabs their attention, then those that love them will walk alongside of them. The Lord, who never leaves us or forsakes us, will be there alongside too.
The Lord will save you
from all of your sins. – Psalm 130:8 CEV
Father, it must hurt You so much when we deliberate leave the palm of Your hand and go elsewhere to find whatever it is that we think we need or want. Forgive me for even thinking of it sometimes. Keep my feet steady, may I always find that my trust is in You alone. Walk with my friends who are struggling so much. They need You. Thank You.