“I Will Give You Shepherds After My Own Heart” – GOD IN GOVERNMENT SERIES

By Sandra Robles
July 2, 2010

“I Will Give You Shepherds After My Own Heart”

Funny and awesome how God perfectly times his most intimate conversations with us.  For those questioning my sanity at the choice word “conversation,” be not afraid for me!  Since I have no “phone number” or “family calling plan” to heaven, my mode of conversation is a rectangular object, covered in leather, commonly known as the Bible.  Laugh if you will, but until you try it….

There will be a few patriotic folks reading this that will get the “hidden message” (they will know who they are) and this article is specifically for them. 

Today, my prearranged study took me to Jeremiah 3:14-15 “Return , faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband.  I will choose you – one from a town and two from a clan – and bring you to Zion.  Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.”

To my friends…this verse fairly stunned me.  After yesterday’s meeting and the presentation of our new logo…just too interesting to NOT notice.  Today of all days!

Allow me to quote from the NIV version a few referential facts (not Scripture) about Jeremiah that most of you should find interesting.

“Endurance is not a common quality.  Many people lack the long-term commitment, caring, and willingness that are vital to sticking with a task against all odds.  But Jeremiah was a prophet who endured.”

“Jeremiah had to depend on God’s love as he developed endurance.  His audiences were usually antagonistic or apathetic to this messages.”

“He was ignored; his life was often threatened.”

“He saw both the excitement of a spiritual awakening and the sorrow of a national return to idolatry.”

“With the exception of good King Josiah, Jeremiah watched king after king ignore his warnings and lead the people away from God.”

“He was severely persecuted.”

“He watched Judah’s defeat at the hands of the Babylonians.”

“Jeremiah responded to all this with God’s message and human tears.”

“He felt firsthand God’s love for his people and the people’s rejection of that love.”

“When he was angry with God and tempted to give up, he knew he had to keep going.”

“God had called him to endure.”

“He expressed intense feelings, but he also saw beyond the feelings to the God who would soon execute justice, but who afterward would administer mercy.”

I don’t know about you guys, but I identify, in a surreal way, with Jeremiah.  Our modern times are not far removed from the days of Jeremiah’s ministry.  In fact, with the substitution of few words i.e. the word “America” for “Judah” or the interpretation of “spiritual awakening” to include the “tea party/conservative/Christian awakening,” these words transcend time and place.

It is my prayer that we are blessed with the endurance of Jeremiah as we recognize that our success is totally dependant on the will and timing of our Heavenly Father. 

Galatians 4:6 “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”

NOTE:  The word “Abba” is an Aramaic word.  “Abba” means “daddy.”  In other words, the Spirit in our hearts calls out Daddy Father.   Another translation of Abba is da-da.  Think about it, the Holy Spirit in us, intercedes on our behalf, and calls out to Daddy Father as would a little child of two or three years old. Interesting Huhhhh!

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