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Sunday, July 1, 2018

July 1 - Jeremiah 1

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 1. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The book of Jeremiah begins with an introduction to the author of this book: the prophet Jeremiah. A prophet was a spokesman who was called by God to communicate His message to the world.
  • Jeremiah was a prophet during the reign of five kings of Judah (the name of the southern kingdom of Israel) and spoke God’s message for 40 years.
  • In verses 5-9, we see God calls Jeremiah and tells him that he was created for this very role. When Jeremiah expresses doubts that he will be able to fulfill the role, God promises to be with Jeremiah.
  • Jeremiah receives his first two visions from God and God explains that they represent the judgement that He will pass on His people because of their sins, including that of idolatry (which means worshiping other gods). Problems and difficulties are coming for His people but He will not allow them to be defeated completely.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God knew you, just as He knew Jeremiah, before you were born or even conceived. God has always thought of you as valuable and He has a purpose in mind for you.
  • God promises to be with you and will always take care of you, but that does not mean He will stop trouble from happening. God does not prevent difficulties in your life but He will walk through these struggles with you and rescue you.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Are you having a rough day? Is your marriage or family struggling to overcome a specific challenge? Are you in the middle of a difficult season? Pray to God and ask Him to show you how He is with you in this tough time.
  • Do you feel like you are lacking purpose in your life? Today, spend some time in prayer asking God to help you understand what you were made for.