So many messages in our world today are false gospels filled with false hope. There are political ideologies, weight-loss programs, self-help books, and all sorts of other content that encourage self-improvement or the key to living your life as your “best self.” Many of the messages encourage you to simply imagine yourself in a different place or to work your tail off so that you can obtain a new truth and a better life. Many of these sentiments are deceptively encouraging, but send us spiraling toward failure, disappointment, and despair.
Over the weekend, we heard from the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah is a realist. Rather than encouraging God’s people to “get a better life,” he told them to make the most of the situation, enduring suffering with patience, and to trust more fully in God and his faithfulness. God had not abandoned his people, but neither was he offering a quick fix. After a certain time, then God would bring them to a new future and relationship of restoration. Whatever you are going through, trust that the Lord is with you. When the going gets tough, commend the situation and your very life to the God of Mercy, who hears our prayers and promises to bring about his future and true hope for you!
Waiting on the Lord with you –
To prepare for worship on Sunday
(March 31), you are invited to read: