Week of Lent-Homesickness

The Death of Jesus and the Faithfulness of God

Jeremiah 32:36-41

Jeremiah 32:36-41English Standard Version (ESV)
They Shall Be My People; I Will Be Their God
36 “Now therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, ‘It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by sword, by famine, and by pestilence’: 37 Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety. 38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 39 I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. 40 I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. 41 I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.

For God alone, my soul, wait in silence
For my hope is from him
From God alone
Homesickness – Do you have it? Have you ever felt it? Homesickness is a longing for something that we are lacking. Home can be a person, place a moment and it is there where we experience safety, acceptance and a love that is for our good. It is also where we can give others a home that embraces safety, acceptance and the good of love. It is at home where we learn love. The gift of sacrifice and the giving of ourselves for the good of another is how learn to love. We can if we are fortunate enough to experience this in our families, where we work and in our place of worship.
Sometimes we lose our sense of home when something changes. A marriage crumbles, or a son/daughter goes to college, a loss of a job, or a loss of beloved pastor. When these changes occur and they will, it does not fill like home. We start to miss the way it was. Our longing for home is never satisfied here because it is never meant to be. It is only satisfied in the person of Christ. The promise of God of something better, of someone better and a somewhere better.

God created us for a home; however it is our adulteress hearts that we wander from our true home. In our self-centeredness, we live in banishment in exile while longing for the very thing that God alone can truly give us. A true safety. True acceptance. True love. It is in our traveling that we are never arriving. Our world is not a safe place. But Behold…God speaks to our homelessness. God will bring us to safety, to his reign, where true freedom is in Christ. It is not a place but a person, a presence. The presence of God where we become his people that are fully known and fully loved freed from sin. It is in our desire for God himself.
The embrace of Jesus speaks to our homelessness where we take ownership now as we pursue God’s kingdom by living out justice and mercy to those that are homeless. Moving forward in faith where we rescue with the Gospel. We have good news.

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