Today I have been sick in bed due to some food poisoning per McDonald’s chicken nuggets. It’s pretty much as good as it sounds, and it is not something I recommend. Even though today hasn’t been too lovely, it gives me the chance to share a few things with you all that the Lord has been sharing with me.
Last night before the attack of the chicken nuggets overwhelmed my body, I was reading a passage in Jeremiah. My friends, let me tell you that this book of the bible literally rocks my world everytime. Jeremiah 2: 32-33 says this, “Does a young woman forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten me, day without number. How skilled you are at pursuing love! Even the worst of women can learn from your ways.”
The first time I read this scripture what instantly jumped out to my heart is when the Lord says, “How skilled you are at pursuing love.” The Israelites at this time were stuck in the vicious cycle of worshipping false idols. The Lord tells them, “Where then are the false gods you made for yourself? Let them come save you, when you are in trouble!” My first thought towards the Israelites upon reading this, was how foolish could they possibly be to form these false idols above choosing to worship a Holy God? The Israelites weren’t pursuing a pure love, but a selfish form of love.
Suddenly it hit me faster than the food poisioning did. I am guilty of pursuing this form of selfish love. Our culture is guilty of pursing this type of selfish love. Even though the false idols may differ from the Israelites, we still pursue them. I believe this is stemming from not knowing what pure love truly looks like. Society tells us that love is whatever makes us FEEL good. People are constantly searching and pursing love of momentary satisfaction. We make idols out of people, money, sex, alcohol, work, and in the end none of those things are going to save us in times of trouble.
But praise the Lord! Jesus tells us in 1st Corinthians that, “Love is patient, and love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.” This is the type of love that Jesus pours out upon us. The Lord loved us before we knew what love was. Because of Christ’s love, we can experience new life with Him. When there are times of trouble, the love of Christ is the only thing that will ever give us true comfort and healing. I want to encourage you all to pursue this type of true love, and I want you to experience that within your relationship with the Lord. There is no greater love than that, my friends.