Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
The word of the LORD came to me: “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem:
” `I remember the devotion of your youth,
how as a bride you loved me
and followed me through the desert,
through a land not sown.
(Jeremiah 2:1-2 (NIV))
God told Jeremiah to tell the people of Jerusalem that He remembered the devotion of their youth. I want you to think about that simple statement.
Looking back at your faith when it was new, have you lost your zeal? Have you lost your passion for Jesus? Have you gone from an “Amen” type of faith to a “whatever” type of faith? Have you lost the fire that used to burn so bright and so hot?
To be honest with you, life is hard. It is so easy to lose sight of the fire and the passion when you are told by everything in your life that you have to take care of other things first. It is difficult to maintain the fire when you are being beaten down by the world. It is difficult to maintain the passion when you have to focus on your job for so many hours a day. Life can, and often does leave you exhausted.
What if Jesus were to say Jeremiah 2:1-2 to you. Would you listen to the things that are not being said and realize that Jesus is asking you what happened?
Think about that for a moment!
Jesus did not go anywhere. He is still right there. It is we who have let the relationship take a back seat.
Sometimes I think that the saddest words in the English language are, “I remember . . . “ They imply that something has changed and not for the better.
What do you remember about your early faith?