The One Year Devo

October 3, 2020

Jeremiah 1:1-2:30; Philippians 4:1-23; Psalm 75:1-10; Proverbs 24:17-20 

Jeremiah, along with Ezekiel, Habbakuk and Zephaniah, function as God's spokesmen as the end of Judah approaches. They are calling for God's people to return back to worship of God rather than idolatry. They will largely be ineffective in their work and yet continue to faithfully fulfill the role which God has called them to. Jeremiah makes his indictment against the nation clear in 2:13 when he proclaims that the people have both forsaken God and replaced him with something else. They have first abandoned God and then secondly they have replaced him with something else.

In your own life what does it look like to abandon God? What does it look like to stray from him, to become apathetic towards him or to fail to delight in him? Secondly, what does it look like to replace him? What are the substitutes you look to in order to provide the fulfillment which only God can bring into your life? God is the only one who can offer that which we are truly looking for. He is the only one, as Paul describes in Philippians 4, that offers joy, peace, purity, love, contentment and the ability to meet our needs. Let us not look anywhere else, for that which only God can give.

Question of the day: Where do you see evidence of forsaking God and replacing him in your life?

Father God, thank you that you provide all that I need. Thank you for all of the continual blessings which you pour out into my life. Help me not to take all of these gifts for granted but remember that you are the source of all good things. Amen.

Derek Newbery