Between paternity leave and snow days, I feel like I’ve been away forever. It’s great to be back, even though I’m slowly working myself back up to a full schedule. It also feels like so much has happened since I’ve been gone. I guess that’s to be expected when adding a baby to the family dynamic. On that topic, I want to thank all of you for your care and support of my family over the past few weeks. The meals, prayers, and visits were so helpful and encouraging. And finally, praise be to God for the way in which the delivery unfolded. It went relatively smoothly, and He showed His grace to us in so many little ways throughout the process.
Anyway, we’re continuing our series in Jeremiah, and this week, we have chapter 17. As we prepare for this passage, I would encourage you to read Psalm 1. Psalm 1 will be our call to worship this Sunday, and it is also at the very heart of our passage. The way of the righteous and the way of the wicked found in Psalm 1 reveal the human heart. Does it stand in the way of the righteous or in the way of the wicked?
That’s the foundational question at the heart of this whole chapter which then produces a whole host of other questions. Which side are you on? How do you get from wickedness to righteousness? How can we tell if we’re standing on the right side? These questions should be familiar questions because these are questions at the very heart of Christianity. I would encourage you this week to meditate on the fundamental truths of the Gospel: We are desperately wicked. We need a savior. We have one in Christ, and He will never leave us nor forsake us. We’ll see you Sunday!