Didn’t Notice God is Missing

In Jeremiah 2 we find a long list of complaints that God has against Israel. It is a fascinating chapter for several reasons. It is filled with some amazing word pictures and chilling indictment that could be leveled against our own country. It also is almost dripping with God’s heartache for His people. In verse 13 you have probably the most appropriate verse for most people in the modern world. (including myself on too many occasions)

But today the start of verse 8 really caught my attention. The HCSB version says:

“The priests quit asking: Where is the Lord?”

 I don’t know why that simple phrase stuck out to me, but it has been haunting me today. In all of the “stuff” of ministry it is very easy to get busy doing church and forget about God. Have we as a church started asking about the lighting and whether or not people were moved by the service and stopped asking the most important question: Where is the Lord? I sometimes feel like if God walked out the back door of our church no one would even notice.

 

2 thoughts on “Didn’t Notice God is Missing

  • February 2, 2008 at 2:23 AM
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    I’m on my way to read the scripture – but that is something we’ve talked about – not being so involved in the presentation that we forget what the real message is. Thanks for bring another way to think about this – and act upon it. I definitely will be reading and learning. Thanks!

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  • February 3, 2008 at 4:40 AM
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    One of the things that I love about having a blog is hearing how people take the stuff that God has given me and use it as a jumping off point for their own creative ideas. Here is a poem sent from Diana that she wrote after reading this post.

    LEFT THE BUILDING

    Rush of life, rush of fools.
    Looking in the place
    that’s made of only earth.
    You won’t find Him
    by looking in the lights,
    by switching on the sound,
    by working through the night
    He’s left the building,
    slipped out of sight.
    Will anyone miss him
    tonight?
    Did you stop and talk to Him?
    Was it just last week or so?
    When were you going to look
    Him up to talk some more?
    He’s left the building,
    just slipped right out of sight.
    If you wanted to talk to Him
    you missed the chance tonight.
    Much too busy getting ready
    for the new day to arrive.
    Planning for the future.
    People coming up to pray.
    Jesus left the building,
    walked right out the back door.
    Did you see him walk right by
    or didn’t you see at all?
    Jesus please forgive us
    for what we thought was best.
    Our hearts were thinking “Praise the Lord”
    but our minds were in an earthly test.
    Jesus, please walk among us
    and forgive us for our sins.
    Let each man praise you,
    Lord on High, and remember
    why You came.

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