Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
November 8 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 43-44
Food for Thought: Jer. 43
Seeking refuge, comfort, and safety in the things that for our own good God says no to never works out and only leads to greater harm. In addition to literally changing locale, some people find their escape in the attention they get from others, some in their jobs or in their wealth, others in gluttony, drugs, alcohol, or sexual encounters, and many even seek refuge from their stresses in the hours spent using their latest electronic gadget. However, none of those things really resolve the problem and can actually make matters worse.
Those are the things that naturally surface and draw our attention when we do not place the Lord first in our lives and trust Him to meet our every need. Only God can fill any void in our heart, heal any wound, or dispel our fears. David observed the tendency of man to grasp at other things to solve situations and wrote in Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” In Psalm 62:10, he adds, “Do not trust in oppression, nor vainly hope in robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.” Similarly, the sons of Korah wrote in Psalm 49:5-7, “Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity at my heels surrounds me? Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches, none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him—”
Instead of placing hope in the things that cannot really provide true solutions, let us do as David declared in Psalm 56:3, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You,” and in Psalm 91:2, “I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” And If the Lord says no to a particular direction we are headed in, it’s for a very good reason, and we need to trust His wisdom over our own inclinations. He not only preserves us, but also deals with our inner struggle and sets us free from the weaknesses that would draw us in the opposite direction of God’s will.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):