Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Psalm 36:5-10 (We feast on the abundance of God’s house); Jeremiah 3:19-25 (Israel is a faithless spouse); 1 Corinthians 7:1-7 (Guidance for the married)
Sometimes when things are going badly I get frustrated and I yell at God. “Just what do you want from me?” Most of us have had those kinds of days, although I wouldn’t accuse anyone else of yelling at God like I do. It’s as if, against my true understanding of God, I see Him as a stern judge seeking ways to throw the book at me.
Jeremiah actually reminds us of what God wants. “’I myself said, “How gladly would I treat you like my children and give you a pleasant land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.” I thought you would call me “Father” and not turn away from following me.’” (Jeremiah 3:19) God wants to bless us. God wants us to call Him “Father” and stay faithful to Him. He gives us the ability to do that. There are some days when bad things just happen. It’s part of living in a sin-filled world. It isn’t that God is punishing us for our behavior, it’s that our behavior and the behavior of others have natural consequences. Sometimes it may be that God is correcting us to help us follow Him. As almost any parent would tell you that is not the desire a parent has. Every parent I know wants their child to succeed and have it better than they did. Punishment and correction are done reluctantly to help children learn to do the right things. In the same way, we may have times of correction from God, but what God wants is for us to succeed and have an amazing life in the most beautiful land on earth. Our joy in life comes from calling Him “Father” and being faithful in following Him.
Oh Father! What an amazing loving Father You are to us. You have forgiven us and given us mercy in Jesus. You watch over and protect us in difficult times. Help me to be faithful to You in all that I say, think, and do.