Friday, February 16
"I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am Yahweh. They will be My people, and I will be their God because they will return to Me with all their heart."
Jeremiah Thompson (1859-1907) was an English poet most famous for his 182-line poem entitled, “The Hound of Heaven.” The son of a medical doctor, this Jeremiah departed from a life of promise to pursue a life of opium addiction and moral depravity. His poem describes his many attempts to flee from a God who would not let him go. It is the story told throughout the Bible of people who have willingly turned from God, but found that God has never stopped pursuing them.
In contrast, the faithful prophet Jeremiah lived during a time when God’s people, because of their own rebellion, were taken into Babylonian exile. He is known as “the weeping prophet” due to the anguish he felt in proclaiming a message of judgment to his own people. Nevertheless, even though Judah had forsaken their covenant with God and had worshipped other idols, Jeremiah’s message contained a word of hope. The Hound of Heaven was still pursuing those who had turned their back on Him.
We are told from the beginning of Scripture that “The Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” (Deut. 4:24) God will go to any length, even the death of His Son, to bring our hearts back to Him. He is jealous for our complete, consuming affection. Yahweh has given us a heart to know Him fully, and nothing else will satisfy. Saint Augustine in the 4th century A.D. observed, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.”
O Lord, give me a heart to know You more fully each day. Make me restless to think as You think, see what You see and go where You send me. I want nothing less than a heart consumed with Your love.
- Pastor Raymond