Jeremiah 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. 2 The word of the LORD came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, 3 and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.
This week we begin our adventure through the prophet Jeremiah. These devotions will be written to compliment the two weekly sermons that will be delivered on the next two Sundays. I hope you will find them encouraging and challenging for your walk in Christ.
“I remember when . . .” We have all made that statement of something that happened in our past right? I remember when I went on my first long bike ride in Burlington, Iowa when I was just a little over five years old. I remember when my two brothers and I constructed two tree houses in the back of our house on 58th street in Des Moines Iowa. I remember when we made our first ice snow disk run that scared our mother to bits.
Every one of these times are permanently implanted in my memory because of who I did them with or the feelings I had from the times we worked together. So we read of Jeremiah recording of the time when the Word of the Lord came to him. It was of such a nature that he never forgot it. God did not speak to Jeremiah once but he continued to speak to him several times over the next several years.
He records this for our benefit. Is this possible in our day to have such a relationship with God that we can remember when he speaks to us? Yes dear saint it is. This sense of God’s voice does not come quickly but it does come over time as we give ourselves to read and mediate on the Scriptures. It will be like Blaise Paschal writes in his journal from over four centuries ago. “The words on the page became a living flame in my heart.”
May the Word of God grow to become a blazing firer that will consume you for the rest of your life for His Glory alone.