Yield to God

Read: Jeremiah 31:18-25

For the past several years I have had the opportunity to write a week of short devotionals for the “Rejoice” daily devotional magazine. Some people subscribe to this magazine but for those who do not here is how they describe “Rejoice.” “a quarterly devotional magazine for individuals and households, seeks to inspire Christian disciples toward deeper faithfulness as they experience and share God’s healing and hope in the world. It is published jointly by Kindred productions and MennoMedia, publishers serving Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite Church congregations in North America.” If you would like to subscribe and receive this magazine just visit the website www.mennomedia.org and search for it.

For this week I have decided to share the devotional that I wrote for this day, September 10, on Jeremiah 31:21…….

“When I first got my drivers license, I had trouble coming to a complete stop at stop signs. I remember my father commenting, “That was more of a yield than a stop.” After paying for a ticket or two, I began to learn my adolescent lesson the expensive way!

Signs, traffic lights, and rules of the road are designed for our own good. They keep traffic moving smoothly and safely as long as everyone is abiding by them. I have been in some countries where it seems that signs and lights are viewed more as suggestions than as rules of the road. This often leads to confusion and accidents.

In today’s reading Ephraim, the leading Israelite tribe in the Northern Kingdom, pleads for restoration. The people have repented of the sins of their youth, and they seek God’s forgiveness. God is deeply moved and has mercy on them (v.20).

The biblical hope is that repentance will lead to new ways of living. Verse 21 speaks of road markers and posts that keep the people moving toward God, yielding to the Lord’s ways. Just as rules of the road make our travels safer, God’s laws are provided for our good. When we stray from those directives or choose to go our own way, we soon learn that it would have been better to yield to God’s way. Mercifully, God will always receive us and love us, guiding us once again.”

As I read this again this morning, many months after writing it for Rejoice I was reminded of the well known verses in Lamentations 3:22-23 that say, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” When we stop, yield, and repent of our sins our loving God promises to forgive us….. each and every morning. To that we can all say Amen!

Make it personal: At the end of each devotional that I wrote for Rejoice there is also a response similar to the “make it personal” ending I add to my midweek meditations each week. The one for today’s devotional is an appropriate prayer, “Lord, may I heed your ways and desires instead of my own. Help me to move closer to you and claim your restoration for my life.”

Have a blessed week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church