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I Have Drawn You

August 5, 2019

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I Have Drawn You

God wants us.     He wants to see us purified  from all of our sins.     He wants to see us holy  and filled with the joys of peace  and His blessings.      He wants to see us freed  from the effects of our sins.     He wants us by His side,  so that we might always be  under His protective care.

During the prophet Jeremiah’s time,  the people of Israel were blatantly living in sin  and idol worship.      Their sins were causing the Lord to punish them  with various wars and defeats  for their refusal to listen  to His word  and obey it.      In the midst of punishment,  one does not feel particularly blessed  or loved.      But,  God’s love had not failed Israel,  even though they needed discipline.      As the Israelites felt the pains  of wars and defeats,  God used Jeremiah  to give them a message of His constant love.

In Jeremiah 31:3,  God says,

I have loved you  with an everlasting love;
Therefore  I have drawn you  with lovingkindness.

It was because God loved Israel  that He disciplined them.      Because they felt unloved  during those tough times,  God assured them  that when their punishment was over,  they would be gladly singing God’s praises  for His faithfulness  and everlasting love,   because then they would understand.

The word drawn includes the meaning of  to seize  and drag along.      Because of their disobedience,  God needed  to take ahold of the Israelites  and drag them along  into learning faith,  hope,  and love.      They weren’t interested  in learning faith,  hope,  and love  —  but,  for the sake  of their eternal life,  they needed to.      So,  God was dragging them along  in lovingkindness.

He does the same with us.      God works in our lives  to drag us  to His salvation  in Jesus Christ alone.      We might not always be interested  in this Savior thing  —  or in the knowledge  of our sinful nature  —  or the realities  of heaven and hell.      But,  God Almighty loves us  withan everlasting love,  and so,  He drags us through trials and temptations,  so that we might learn  our utter helplessness  —  and our total need for faith,  hope,  and love,  in the truths of God’s word.

God wants us  to take heart.      In all of this mess,  He is loving us  with an everlasting love,  and for that we can be glad,  while learning to trust Him  with everything that happens.

Seeing how God has proven  His love for us  in Jesus Christ,  we recognize His discipline as love,  and say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord, thank You for faithfully dragging us along  in the truths of Your salvation.     Create in us clean hearts  and right spirits,  that we may know the joys of Your love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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