The Past

Jeremiah 31:3

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”


In the section before that scripture, God promised rest to His people. He let them know He was bringing them out of captivity and into a time of restoration. Jeremiah reminded them of what God had told them already.

If you’re seeking God, then you’re expecting Him to answer when you call. You’re listening for his voice, and you’re watching for His direction.

When God gives you encouragement, don’t think it’s just for that day. Keep it in a journal or tape it to your bathroom mirror, but have it handy so you can remind yourself that God has spoken.

Remind yourself that “the Lord has appeared to us in the past” whenever you lose your focus. He will help you correct your aim.

We used to play a kids’ game in the pool. One would shout “Marco,” and the other would swim by him shouting “Polo.” The one shouting “Marco” had his eyes closed and tried to tag the other. You knew the other one was there. You could hear him shout and feel him swim by. But you were limited. He had more freedom and could see things you couldn’t see. You knew what he was like, and yet you didn’t know exactly where he was or what he was doing.

We know what God is like and can feel Him when He’s near. We call to Him, but we don’t know what He’s doing. Sometimes we reach out for Him and miss Him completely.

I think God wants us to keep calling out for Him so He can keep reminding us that He’s there with us. He wants us to remember what He’s said to us in the past. He wants us to remember that He’s already told us He loves us.

How are you going to remind yourself of His love for you this week?

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