Jeremiah 2:21 I had planted you like a choice vine of sound and reliable stock.

Whenever we have reached the high and comfortable places in life, we must reflect every now and then about the journey that has brought us there. Why because some of us who have experienced near-death experiences will come to know that the Lord was the one who has miraculously rescued us.

We will also come to remember that during a time when life was terrible and difficult, we will more often than not recall the good times that we’ve had. When we do that, some among us will not escape from asking what we’ve done to have led us this far into the quandary.

What have we done that brought us to our knees this time? Have we for one second thought how far we’ve swayed away from the one who created us? 

In Jeremiah 2, God spoke through prophet Jeremiah to those in Israel about their neglect towards God and how they’ve have constructed their own gods made out of woods, stones and other fancy items which they think were more worthwhile than the real God. They have all but forgotten the way the Lord led them out of captivity, traversing the wilderness both in the day and through the night without sufficient resources to even feed them. But amazingly, all those who were destined to follow have remained alive until the end and reached into the promised land. A promised land that was far more distinct and abundant than the narrow paths they’ve endured to get there.

Jeremiah 2 (New International Version)

5 This is what the Lord says:

“What fault did your ancestors find in me,

that they strayed so far from me?

They followed worthless idols

and became worthless themselves.

6 They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord,

who brought us up out of Egypt

and led us through the barren wilderness,

through a land of deserts and ravines,

a land of drought and utter darkness,

a land where no one travels and no one lives?’

7 I brought you into a fertile land

to eat its fruit and rich produce.

But we human beings are often built with very short memory, even more frightening these days is the shrinking attention span. For example, global important news pieces are no longer as informative because media houses struggle to capture the attention of those “gold fish memories”. How then are we to remember the exploits God has done for us or the miraculous healing He has performed on us?

We’ve all but forgotten the embarrassing days of lack, the tiresome period of modern enslavement and the incredible stress that no iron can withstand. We’ve simply forgotten how He carried us over from the extremely thin ice we walked on and paved the next sturdy platform for us to slide, run and jump on.

We must not forget hence that when we are rewarded or awarded for our efforts, it was given to us, first, with His permission. We must also remember that when we have suffered enough and seen a brighter light the next day, it was God who enabled it to happen.

In another instance, if we’ve been lonely and found companion, let us not fool ourselves from thinking it was Tinder, facebook, instagram or any other new app that brought us there because before all these could tinkle with incoming notifications, God would have given us the nod first. And so ladies and gentlemen, if we’re ever going to find ourselves in trouble again due to our wayward ways, let us always remember that God had in the beginning already made us into the best of the vines so good things can always flow into our lives, not just some wild ones we often bend ourselves to be.

Jeremiah 2: 21 I had planted you like a choice vine

of sound and reliable stock.

How then did you turn against me

into a corrupt, wild vine?

I pray that you’ll remember our God almighty whether you are living the best of the exciting times on the planet or enduring the most undeniable trauma that you’re facing right now in your life. God loves us all and He wants us to prosper and smile. Let us remember that and in so doing, we will always remain steadfast, standing tall and prized always like the best of the vines He has created us to be, in our wonderful God’s name of Jesus, Amen!

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