“The Lord is true God, He is the living God, the Eternal King.” Jeremiah 10:10a.
What if we lived as if we believed that God was true, loving, present and ready to meet our needs, even at our direst moments? Would it change the way we see the world? Would it influence the choices and decisions we make? When the people of the Old Testament heard or read the words of Jeremiah, they were reminded of God’s goodness and strength.
Jeremiah was a young prophet, in fact, he was a 16-year-old who did not want his job. He initially refused to be the one to speak for God. But he eventually relented and delivered his message some 40 years before the Hebrew people were taken into captivity in Babylonia. His words, however, were the very thing the people held on to as they endured the exile from their homeland, relatives and the Temple in Jerusalem. At times, they felt utterly without hope and Jeremiah’s words were something they clung to, as have many followers since that time, including us today.
Turn to God today and ask for what you need. He is the living, true God, ready to meet the needs for which we ask. He is faithful and reliable and will not leave us destitute, but we must ask for what we need.
God wants a relationship with us, not for us to be puppets that He parades around for His own enjoyment. We were given free will, and in using this immense gift and asking for what we need, demonstrate our desire to enter into a living relationship with our great God.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 extension 718.