Thursday, April 09, 2015
Renew Part Four
* The footnote in my Bible mentions that this chapter is a prayer by Jeremiah for the people.
It strikes me that this is nearly the last verse of Lamentations. The entire book is a lament, full of sorrow, a visual reminder of what it means to live away from God's ways - it is one last request/plea for restoration and renewal.
Think of that word renew. What does it mean? Here is what came to mind for me:
- to return to how something used to be
- to begin a new focus/energy
- to extend
- new life
- make new again
- Another prayer, this is a beautiful request by Habakkuk
- He is specifically asking for a renewal of God's deeds
Job 14:14, "I will wait for my renewal..."
- notes here that the word renewal could also mean release
- "You were wearied by all your ways..."
This passage has been God talking to His people about their sin.
- "... but you would not say, 'it is hopeless.'"
Does this mean they would not come to the point of admitting their errors to God?
- "...you found renewal of your strength and so you did not faint."
Where did this renewal of strength come from? I would venture to say it was not from God because they were in the midst of sin and not seeking Him. Perhaps this was a false renewal as it was based in strength of self. True renewal cannot exclude God!
Things I notice:
- Jesus is talking
- He tells us when this will be: when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne
- Consider what will be renewed - He says ALL THINGS
:: our bodies
:: our earth
:: no sin
:: no death
:: no sadness
:: perfection, peace, harmony
:: what God originally intended for us
:: we will be with Him