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Wednesday, March 3

Contributed by John Paeng

Jeremiah 30:12-22

“So you will be my people, and I will be your God.”

How to get unstuck when you are really stuck? Consolation should sound
like, “You’re ok, I’m ok and it will be all right with the world.”
So, what’s consoling about Jeremiah’s often referred to as the “book of
consolation”?
If our wound is so incurable and our injury beyond healing, what then is the
answer?
In my humble opinion, it all sounds pretty bleak.
When your car gets stuck in deep snow, spinning your tires only exacerbates
the problem and the tires go even deeper into the snow. You need help.
Serious help to get you out of a serious situation. I remember growing up in
Toronto pushing cars uphill all day long with my friends during snowstorms.
Say what you will, but it was fun!
So, knowing what we know about the improbability to “self-help” our way out
of an impossible situation, namely our sinful nature, spiritual rebellion and
disobedience toward God, the prophetic promise “So you will be my people,
and I will be your God” comes to us as an unbelievable breath of fresh air!
In what I’d like to refer to as the “Act of Consolation,” God’s promise is fulfilled
in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus the Messiah suffered for our sin and
rebellion. Jesus’ sacrifice is an offer of some serious help. Who is God
reminding you to “console” today? Bring them to God in prayer.

Loving God grant us faith to live missional lives in our communities, as
effective witnesses to the life-giving work of Jesus. Amen.

John Paeng is a SAH/VST grad, minister of St. Columba Presbyterian Church in beautiful
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia and a member of the SAH Board.