Devotional Thoughts for This Morning
Then all the commanders of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, came near 2 and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the Lord your God for us, for all this remnant—because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us— 3 that the Lord your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.”
Two of my son’s favorite words to say to me are “more” and “again.” Like most toddlers, I’m sure, my son will eat something, read something, watch something, see me do something, and he’ll come back to me and say, “Daddy, more!” or “Daddy, again!” It is pretty adorable, but I have a confession to make to all of you… I get pretty tired of it eventually. After reading the same book 20 times or after listening to Baby Shark for the 50th time in a row, I get really sick of it and I try to find a way to move on to something else. As much as I love my son, I don’t want to hear “Daddy, again!” after a while.
In Jeremiah 42, all of the people of Israel come together, approach Jeremiah, and ask him to appeal to the Lord for mercy and direction. If we look through the Old Testament, we’ll notice this pattern: The Israelites would grumble or complain to God, or neglect and turn away from God, but then they would face adversity; so they would go to God and appeal for mercy—and the process would repeat. This was their version of “Daddy, again!” I know that I (and likely all of us) would’ve been tired of hearing it from the Israelites over and over again. We would’ve been tired of answering and forgiving, tired of showing mercy, and tired of having to do it all over again. But God being so rich in mercy and having immeasurable patience with His people, listens and answers them—again and again.
When I think about God’s patience for me—and for all of us—I am so amazed at our Father’s heart. No matter how many times we say to Him, “Daddy, again!” how many times we fail, how many times we neglect him, how many times we have to turn back to Him, our Father will never grow tired or weary of us. Praise God for His enduring patience and love for us!
Prayer: God, we thank You for allowing us to come to You again and again. You have shown us so much mercy and grace. Thank You for never giving up on us and being so good to us. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: 1 Kings 8
Lunch Break Study
Read Timothy 1:15-17: The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Questions to Consider
- What is the main statement that Paul is making about Jesus?
- How would you describe Paul’s attitude towards the grace that has been shown him?
- Think about your own sin. How do you understand the patience that Jesus has shown you?
- Paul is pointing out that Jesus shows amazing grace and patience to him and to all who believe and trust in Him.
- In calling himself the “foremost” of sinners, Paul’s attitude is one of humility and awe of the grace that Jesus has shown him. I think Paul really understood the depth and darkness of his own sin, which led him to truly be thankful and awed by the perfect patience that Jesus had shown him.
- Personal reflection.
God’s repeated patience towards us is something that we should be amazed by all of the time. No matter what happens in our lives, or how far we may fall, God wants to hear us call out to Him again and again. Pray and reach out to your Father in heaven again, and thank Him for His patience and love for you.