Friday July 31, 2020 – The cry of a loved one

Jeremiah 2:5a  This is what the LORD says: “What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me?”

God loves His people and He wants them to love Him.  The second chapter of Jeremiah talks about how Israel forsook God – in spite of His love for them.  This question is part of His grievance against them. As we consider it now, don’t think of it as a harsh or blunt accusation.  But rather think of it as a cry of a loved one scorned who still loves and is asking why.

Several years ago I was reading this on a flight from Recife to Sao Paulo, Brazil and the Lord allowed me to experience the pain of this question.  It broke my heart. I immediately thought of Jeremiah 3:19 where the Lord says, “How gladly would I treat you like sons and give you a desirable land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.  I thought you would call me Father and not turn away from following me.”  What wrenching words these are!  But they also express the incredible heart that He has for His people and the relationship He desires.

We are His people – His treasured possession.  Because of Jesus Christ we can walk in His ways.  We can love Him with all our heart.  We can be the people He wants us to be.  Our lives can be – make that must be – love letters to Him affirming that He is our Father and that we are His daughters and sons.

Today’s verse is a treasure to me, because it makes me so aware of the importance of living my life for Him.   When my life is lived carelessly, I can bring Him pain – particularly in light of what He has done for me and for all of us.  I cannot imagine Him asking me, “What fault did you find in me?”


About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Six years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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