The Call, part two

As God starts giving Jeremiah some of the things he’s to tell to the people of Israel He says something that really gave me pause. First, God spends a moment recalling His history with His chosen people.

Jeremiah 2:2-3 “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the Lord,

I remember the devotion of your youth,
your love as a bride,
how you followed me in the wilderness,
in a land not sown.
3 Israel was holy to the Lord,
the firstfruits of his harvest.
All who ate of it incurred guilt;
disaster came upon them,
declares the Lord.”

Obviously, things had changed since then, and God’s people were no longer following Him.  So next God says this, and it really just hit me as a big thing.

Jeremiah 2:5  Thus says the Lord:

What wrong did your fathers find in me
that they went far from me,
and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?

God’s asking this generation of people a question that just blows my mind.  This is God, this isn’t just some person who’s curious.  Has anyone ever been mad at you and you didn’t know why?  It’s so frustrating, right?  Because if only you knew what you did wrong, then maybe you could start to not only understand the situation, but you could start to try to make it better!

Now of course things are a little different with God.  He knows that He didn’t do anything wrong, He’s asking a rhetorical question here.  But it got me to thinking about some of the common “faults” of God that people sometimes believe.  A lot that I hear have to do with experiences people had at a church.  “I don’t follow God anymore because one time at church a pastor yelled at me about my tattoos.”  Or how about “I stopped going to church because some of the people there gossiped about me.”  And I’ve seen this very thing pull someone out of church for twenty years.  Yet if you really examine these situations, these aren’t God situations, these are people situations, and people are flawed.  You didn’t find a fault with God, you found a fault with a person.

There are so many more “faults” people think they see in God.  The fact that He didn’t move in a miraculous, visible way when they were going through a struggle is a big one.  Or they’ll learn one thing about one thing in the Bible and hold onto that as evidence of a “fault” with God.  But look at that verse again, and think about the fact that God is asking people directly here.  What faults did they actually find in me?  I almost just hear this cry in it, this cry for His people to examine Him, to really look close, to really get deep with it, and see if they can find a fault.

You know, I say this all the time, but I’m going to say it again because I feel like people just don’t do this.  If you’ve got an issue with God, TELL HIM ABOUT IT!  Ask Him, and I’d suggest being respectful, but man, this is God, He can handle a little passion and emotion!  As a matter of fact, here’s something I took to God over the years when I thought maybe He got something wrong, let’s examine my own nonsense for a minute.

He didn’t heal my legs.  As soon as I started having serious health issues with my legs six or seven years ago it sure would’ve been nice if God had just miraculously wagged his finger, said no, and sent the disease on its way. But He didn’t do that.  I know God didn’t strike me with this disease, but do you know what I can honestly say about this disease?  Without it, I’m almost certainly not where I am with God right now.  Just as He promises in His word, God took a bad situation and He turned it for my good.  I let myself get buried in self pity and self hate and shame, I got broken and dark.  I wish I hadn’t fallen as far as I did, but here’s the thing about it, it just made my rise back into the light all the more glorious.  God didn’t take me from 96% to 100%.  He took a guy who was probably down around 13% to 100%.  My fault with God on not giving me immediate healing turned out to be one of the best things that has ever happened to me.  When I was in the hospital I got to feel a touch of his miracle healing power, got closer to God than I’ve ever been in my life.  Through my journey I’ve been able to rebuild myself, to not just start putting good things on top of a foundation of bad, but to have a fresh start, to build a new life based around His goodness.

My fault with God wasn’t a fault at all, it was actually His unfathomable love for me at work.  He whispered in my ear “suffer for a little longer, I promise it will be worth it” and He could not have been more right.

So if you’ve got a “fault” with God, I want to encourage you to take it to Him in prayer, but also to start looking at it from every possible angle. Of course, I doubt I ever would’ve seen my disease and my years of closing myself off and being depressed and hating myself as a good thing no matter how much I studied it.  If that’s true of your “fault”, then just bring it to God.  Ask Him for help, ask Him for wisdom, and ask Him that He’ll grant you the strength to just trust Him.  Trust that He never lies, trust that if we’re living for Him that He’s able to turn even the most rotten or awful situations to our favor.  I walk on miracle legs, I’m surrounded by miracle friends, I’m filled with miracle confidence and boldness, I’m given miracle opportunities.  I don’t mean to misuse or overuse that word, but I truly feel as if my entire life is a miracle and I can trace this current life all back to my years struggling with that disease.  My perceived “fault” in God was actually Him laying out an incredible path for my life.  A path that leads straight to Him, and gets to walk through all sorts of joy and happiness and purpose along the way.

PRAYER AND CLOSING

Father God, thank you that you’re a faultless God.  I also thank you that when we get weak and when we question you, you hear us and you deal with us lovingly.  Give us a new sense of trust, Lord, one that runs to the very core of our beings.  Let our faith in you be so vast that we stand unshaken even in the worst possible situations, confident that you’ve got us no matter what.  In the precious name of Jesus I pray, amen.

Alright, that’s it for me today.  I love you guys!

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