Looking for Light or Dark?

Jeremiah 30:12–22; John 12:36–43; Psalm 105:1-11 (read online ⧉)

The people of Israel were in turmoil. Their kings d allegiances to the bigger s on the world stage. They were in the middle of two warring empires. They were devastated by war and taxes. Today’s passage in Jeremiah starts as a summary of the pain Israel is feeling. The pain is the self-inflicted consequence of walking away from God.

By no means did God want the Israelites to suffer, yet sometimes the best lessons are the hard ones. Despite their pain, God did not want them to . God d oration, a magnificent oration, of children, self-rule, and .

Many people walk far away from God, ways that we may never understand. They could have done (or be doing) things that make no sense from a logical, emotional, moral, or ual point of view. Just as the Israelites were blind, so are so many people today. Just like the Israelites, they do not realize that they cannot see.

called on his followers to believe in the . Belief in the was expected to be transformative. ’ followers would become children of . Yet, even in ’ day, even with the miracles, people did not believe.

1) Is there someone in your life that you feel is not walking in the ? Will you commit to pray for that person?

2) Is there something in your life that you don’t want to be in the ? Will you bring that to a ed person to confess? If you do not have a person that you , pray that God will bring you such a ed person into your life.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.