To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
January/February 2014 Issue – ‘Songs for the Road’
Today’s text for reading and meditation are the first seventeen verses of Jeremiah 12, here are the first five:
Jeremiah 12:1-5 (NIV): Jeremiah’s complaint
‘You are always righteous, Lord, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts. Yet you know me, Lord; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter! How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying, ‘He will not see what happens to us.’
‘If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan? … ‘
Selwyn concludes this issue with these following words: ‘We have seen in our meditations on the Songs of Ascents that each psalm describes an aspect of the life of the spiritual traveller that needs to be carefully considered. These aspects once again are: renunciation, being kept, worship, service, deliverance, security, joy, work, contentment, perseverance, hope, childlike trust, obedience, unity and praise.
What I can guarantee is this: as you learn to sing these songs, and keep ever before you – the truths they underline, you will find faith and hope growing steadily in your heart.’
It’s good to remember that Jesus loves us so much that He will never leave us to work alone, through the problems we will face on our journey. His Spirit is always with us, guiding our spiritual growth. In Paul’s letter to the Philippians 1:4-6, we find these encouraging words: ‘In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that God who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’
Your thoughts, on the last two months of us – singing together – the Songs of Ascents?