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Forward Thinking: Part One

Updated on April 13, 2010

The Prophet Jeremiah

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I am continually amazed

at the “forward thinking” ability of the Prophet Jeremiah. Often the fault of only seeing in terms of today and ourselves is so evident. We are polarized in selfishness, in making sure all is well for us…today. However, in Lamentations 3 (Which Jeremiah wrote) something so totally different is seen. Many people in Jeremiah’s day, in the midst of the Babylonian invasion, saw only their own future and cared only for what was happening to them. Nevertheless…Jeremiah saw the faithfulness of God in that God left a remnant. Their people would continue into the future.

Jeremiah saw not today or even tomorrow and all the sorrows these days held, all the hardship, but what Jeremiah saw was the hope of redemption in their children’s children. He saw their far future. I call this “forward thinking.”

Jeremiah said, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, His compassions never fail.” (Lam 3:22NIV)

Most people, and I am afraid myself included, would have seen only the devastation, only the sorrow and hardship but Jeremiah saw that all were not consumed which God had every right to do because of their sin.

Jeremiah saw a God of mercy, who held back in the safety, the life of the remnant. A remnant He could and would bless. That He would see through these days and bring back to Himself. God held back, in life, those whose hope was in Him. Who were quietly waiting for Him. Knowing Him and Him alone as their savior.

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Do I know this today?

Who or what is my savior? Do I see my hardship as a place to hope quietly in my God and Father? Do I know His faithfulness, great love, and mercy will see me through to not only my good, but to the good of God’s purpose? Do I see beyond my own comfort and my own ambitions?

Jeremiah knew God would see them through the hardship. God had kept them alive and not let the invasion totally destroy all of them. Jeremiah knew God had a reason, a purpose that was much bigger than any of their individual lives. Jeremiah saw in terms of them as a people, a nation. As a continuation of God’s plan.

Am I willing to submit quietly and faithfully to God’s greater plan of redemption?

To our God, Father and to Jesus, our Lord and King, we must all make our confession, that our thoughts have been for our own good and comfort. We have not given a whole lot of thought to the distant future or even to what might be God’s righteous plan. Things don’t just happen and then God arranges them with the pieces that are left to Him. Our Sovereign God decrees all that is to be.

We have a hard time with this as we are a people consumed with our own desires and comfort. How can the calamities of our life be decreed by God? And yet they are! For life is much more than each of our individual lives. God is concerned with each one of us yet, there is a greater whole. There is the purpose of heaven.

© 2010 Ulrike Grace 13 April 2010

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    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Hey Quill, thanks for taking the time to read...the hubs are there to be read whenever a person has time or the Lord decides it's time. Thanks for your kind words, and for "doing" persons...sitting and waiting is sometimes the hardest thing to do. Bless you brother

      Love and grace

      UlrikeGrace

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      "Quill" 

      8 years ago

      Hi Ulrike...wonderful hub and one deserving a bookmark as I play catch up with all you have been writing.

      We have a tendency to step ahead of God far to often and yet it is not what He calls us to be doing. To sit and wait, look and listen offer the greatest lesson in life and that is followed by His blessing.

      Hugs and Blessings

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you and bless you for your continuing kind words of both encouragement and wisdom.

      UlrikegRace

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      rls4immanuel 

      8 years ago

      Ulrike Grace this hub is a real blessing in that you have boldly chosen to declare that God is good even when our circumstances scream to us that He is not. God is good, always good and we can trust Him "especially" in the most difficult situations of our lives. The just shall live by faith, faith in the goodness of God to bring salvation to His lost and hurting people. That was His promise long ago and He has faithfully fulfilled that promise in the death and resurrection of His holy Son, our holy Lord and Savior!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I ask for the Lord to light my path every morning but and my desire is to obey, but I don't always make the right choices. I am comforted to know His Grace is sufficient for me. Beautiful hub. God Bless.

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Amen MeKenzie! How right you are, if we would but keep our eyes on the Lord and not worry so much about having the handle on all that goes on, we would be a much more peaceful body! Thanks for your comments, they are always appreciated and looked for.

      Blessings to you sweet sister

      UlrikeGrace

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      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      St.L thank you ever so much for your prayers...and your continuing encouraging words which you share. I do so appreciate you and the teaching Father has blessed you with.

      May blessings and hope abound to you and yours IN the Lord today.

      UlrikeGrace

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      Susan Ream 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for this devotional and the focus on the bigger picture. If we truly believe God has a plan and that we fit into that plan as He wills then we can be contented in ALL things ... the good, the bad and the ugly. Everything works together for Good to those who love God. Keeping in mind we are only pilgrims here being fit for our Heavenly Home .. we are on assignment to do His will and bidding. God is Good ... deep down belief in this truth will keep us focused no matter the circumstances.

      Blessings!

      Mekenzie

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      Saint Lawrence 

      8 years ago from Canada

      UG, I love your heart for the Lord. I bless your steadfast one foot in front of the other. "Father I humbly ask that you extend your hand to fill, lift up, bring a greater measure of wisdom and insight into this household. May they never be the same old same old but be strengthened as they press into you, for they seek your face. Thank you, in Jesus name."

      Blessings sister, i'm going to part two now. :-) St.L.

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      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      God in us coffeesnob makes us all awesome women of God. Thanks for reading and such encouraging words you have offered. God is so graciously patient with us, always directing our eyes heaven ward. Oh Father I do pray that You would be glorified in Your daughters...bless you sweetie...

      Love UlrikeGrace

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      coffeesnob 

      8 years ago

      Far too often I make my plans and don't consider what the lord would have me to do. and yes my thoughts are too often all about me. But I want to be all about Jesus and I want Him to have all of me and I want to be used for His great glory, Thanks dear Ulrike for this you are such and awesome woman of God.

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      He most certainly does...thanks for the very quick response to the hub...appreciate you...

      Blessings

      UlrikeGrace

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Thank you.

      God has a lot mercy for us.

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