The One Year Devo

October 4, 2020

Jeremiah 2:31-4:18; Colossians 1:1-17; Psalm 76:1-12; Proverbs 24:21-22

Jeremiah continues his indictments against Israel by proclaiming that they have "forgotten" God. He repeats this charge three times in his book. When Israel forgets God it is not that they don't remember God's existence but rather that they turn to other things for satisfaction, fulfillment, comfort and purpose. They look to other things to be the foundation of their life, rather than God. They live as practical atheists despite the fact that they would acquiesce to God's existence if given an exam. Yet his existence makes no practical difference in their lives. God wants us to use our lives and especially our minds to glorify God.

Paul in Colossians 1 fleshes out what it looks like to not forget God but rather to grow in the knowledge of God. For Paul knowledge is intricately tied to action. Paul doesn't think that you can know something without it making a difference in your life. He challenges us to know God, his will, his love, and to live out of that. The more we know God (see v.15-20) and what he has done for us (v.13-14) the more clearly we will live in a way that glorifies God and keeps us in his will.

Question of the day: Why is there a disconnect in your life between what you know and what you live?

God my Father, help me to know you more deeply. Help me to know who you are and what you have done for me and to live out of those truths. Help me never to forget you but to live in your will. Help me to live the way that you desire for me today. Amen.

Derek Newbery