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Jeremiah is an amazing book. Often we read it and remember it mainly for Jeremiah’s proclamation of pending judgement on wayward Judah, but miss God’s heart in calling his people back to Himself. Listen to His heartbeat: “…for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?’ declares the LORD’ – Jeremiah 30:21. This question has stuck with me since and has drawn me into a fresh and deeper relationship with my Lord. It stirs me in the morning as I feel His desire to have me spend some time with Him. It stirs me in the night to talk with him when I wake for some reason – just as the Psalmist wrote:
“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.” – Psalm 63:6
It stirs my heart during the day when for a moment I disengage from the task at hand….’For who is he who would devote himself to be close to me?’
I wonder what might happen if in this frenetic and performance-driven world we might spend less time on doing and more on being – especially in being with the One who called us out to be His people?
Think of the leadership pressures on Moses and Joshua; then think of the relationship they had with God: ‘The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.’ – Exodus 33:11. That we might be known as friends of God and devote ourselves to be close to Him!
What changes might happen in our lives and those we serve if we spent more time in His presence?
In Jeremiah’s day there were some who didn’t. What might have happened if they had? ‘But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word? … But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.’ – Jeremiah 23:18-22.
Our Lord Jesus set the example in this relationship. It was after such times of seeking God that Jesus received clear vision of his future ministry (Mark 1:35) and knowledge of who would help Him with this (Luke 6:12). He spent time with his Father, a Father who has always wanted to spend time with his children. (Genesis 3:6)
Friends, in this new season of growth, are you growing in your relationship with the Lord? He is waiting for you. His question to us is: “Who is he who would devote himself to be close to me?” It could be you!