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The loss of peace, the forgetting of what true happiness is, the lack of endurance and hope, these are things Jeremiah and the people of Jerusalem struggled with. They are the same things many of us struggle with as well. We long for peace, happiness, endurance, and hope. “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope” (3:21) the prophet writes. What does Jeremiah remember and where does he find hope?
Jeremiah still remembers how Israel and Judah arrived at this horrific place: “The joy of our hearts has ceased; our dancing has been turned to mourning. The crown has fallen from our head; woe to us, for we have sinned” (Lamentations 5:15-16)! Sin! However, at the same time, he knows where his hope lies.
When I read God’s Word each morning, I find inspiration and insight that keeps my day on track. Join me on this journey. Let’s settle in with His Word—it’s His Love Letter to us. Did you know that? Let’s read it like a Love Letter, expecting to glean something for our walk with Him every day. Let’s look for peace in the chaos and strength for our weaknesses. Even on our busiest days we can carve out a few minutes to refocus on the important. Can’t we? We may have to get up a little earlier, when the house is still and quiet, or stay up a few minutes after the others are tucked in for the night, but we can do this! I know we can!
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A few years ago I did a long and slow journey through Jeremiah, and he seems like an old friend. His perseverance through an impossible ministry assignment is galvanizing to me.
I love that, Michele! —"...he seems like an old friend." His perseverance is inspiring!
It's so important to keep in God's Word so we're continually reminded that our hope is in Him.
Our HOPE is in Him, Barbara! And I love how the Bible reminds us of that over and over and over again! It's His Love Letter! A Love Letter of HOPE! :)
Reading a chronological bible helped me figure out the history and order of the bible. It was so helpful.
YES! Theresa, I love reading a chronological Bible for that very reason. It's also been helpful for me to read in chronological order of book authorship as well. But no matter how I read it, or how WE read it—just READ IT!
I gave one of my sons the NIV Chronological Bible in a Year. After he finished it, I took up the challenge. It was the sweetest year. Yeah - there are days I did a lot of catching up, but I finished on time. I fell in love with the old testament - even the repetition of the sacrifices, when I read them out loud to make sure I was paying attention to each word - it became an aroma of holiness and peace. I've missed it!
I LOVE THAT, Maryleigh! —> "...an aroma of holiness and peace." That's beautiful description of God's Word! One thing I particularly enjoy about reading chronologically through the Bible is being able to read the narrative of David's life along with the Psalms he wrote.
"But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope" (The Message). If we are going to keep a grip on hope, we need to remember His Word. Grateful for the reminder!
"If we are going to keep a grip on hope, we need to remember His Word." <— YES! Joanne! YES! And wow, do we ever need to cling to HOPE today!!!
I love reading the Bible chronologically as well. I've been doing my daily readings that way for several years now, and it helps to stay at the same point in history between different accounts. I use a 2 year plan though; I'm too slow for 1 year plans. :)
I love taking it slow too, Lisa. I've read about people who read through the Bible in 30 days and I'm like, "WHAT?!" I think we get more out of Scripture when we take it slow. I especially love reading through the Gospels in chronological order and seeing the writer's different viewpoints of the same events.
Lament is something I have had to learn about and learn to do in step with God. And I"m at a season when I'm grasping for hope in multiple places. I almost always find it in praise, prayer and reading God's word.
Praise, prayer, and reading God's Word <— HOPE is found there, Lauren!
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