Category: Realization

Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab will never fail to have a descendant to serve me.’”

Jeremiah 35:19 (NIV)

As I’m reading through Jeremiah this year I’m really enjoying myself. Each day when I come to read I’m excited for what the Lord might bring to me and I’m thankful to be able to share it with you. My daily devotions have become like the best Bible study ever, every day! I always appreciate your comments and hope that you are learning as much as I am.

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But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Jeremiah 18:4 (NIV)

Sometimes when we’re reading the Bible we might come across something that might seem like a contradiction. Like the idea that God can change His mind. When this happens we have all sorts of ways that we can approach this issue. We can remember “God is no mere human! He doesn’t tell lies or change his mind. God always keeps his promises” (Numbers 23:19 CEV). We also know that His ways are not our ways and that “just as the heavens are higher than the earth, [His] thoughts” are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9 CEV). There’s nothing wrong with remembering these things about God and if you choose to grab hold of these and move on, dismissing what you might think is a contradiction then that’s great! I, on the other hand, since I was about two years old, haven’t really stopped asking, “Why?” The biggest change, though, is that I now listen when I ask the question.

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If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire, and burned.

John 15:6 (NIV)

When I first became a Christian I remember fretting over Jesus’ parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23). Specifically, the seed that fell among the thorns. The seed that fell among thorns represents “someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22 NIV). Ironic, isn’t it? Although it may be ironic it’s not uncommon for a Believer to read something that has been said in the Bible and be concerned about what they think it means.

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When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.

John 13:12 (NIV)

Sometimes I wonder if we understand the things that we do as Christians. Jesus, before His crucifixion, washed the feet of the disciples. It’s widely believed that Jesus did this to show His disciples humility. An emphasis on the fact that Jesus came to serve and not to be served. After washing the disciples’ feet Jesus asked them if they understood what He had done. He also tells them they “should wash one another’s feet” and that he has “set an example that [they] should do as” He did for them (John 13:14 NIV). Reminding them that “no servant is greater than his master nor a messenger greater than the one who sent him” (John 13:15 NIV) Finally, He tells them that “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13:17 NIV). I believe that Jesus was showing an example of humility to His disciples but is that all that He was telling them?

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