Lord, I am willing. Today I am committed to Jesus becoming greater and I will become less. God desires to protect us, care for us, guard us, and build us as his people. Yet we have to be willing. Are you willing to accept God’s care and love for you today?
5 “Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem?
Who will mourn for you?
Who will stop to ask how you are?
6 You have rejected me,” declares the Lord.
“You keep on backsliding.”
37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.
God spoke to Jeremiah and lamented that Jerusalem and Judah had rejected him. You keep on backsliding, God said to them. Wow. What would the Lord say to us? Are we in kinship with Jerusalem of old? This city ebbed and flowed in relationship with God. By Jesus’ day, not much had changed.
Jesus looked at Jerusalem and lamented the same concern his Father spoke to Jeremiah about: “you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you… you were not willing…”
Not willing. Backsliding.
God longs to gather us and our children as a hen gathers her chicks. He wants to take us under his wings. God desires to protect us, care for us, guard us, and build us as his people. Yet we have to be willing. We have to stop rejecting God and start accepting God. Every day.
Look at your yesterday.
Did you accept God’s attempt to gather you and lead you? Or did you fight him off in unwillingness. Think about it. I lived too much of me yesterday and not enough of surrender to God. Which reminds me of John 3:30: Jesus must become greater and I must become less.
Today. Every day.
Lord, I am willing.