Did you recognize part of today’s reading from the New Testament? Rachel’s lament is quoted in Chapter 2 of Matthew’s gospel. In the New Testament, such wailing took place as King Herod killed all young boys who might be the promised king from on high. Such a horrible moment in history!
It’s a powerful connection, especially when we remember that Rachel was Israel’s (Jacob’s) wife, and her children would be part of the twelve tribes of Israel currently in exile. How fitting the matriarch would be weeping to see how her children had turned from the LORD and been punished. As parents, we always want the best for our children.
Those descendants of Rachel’s children had been intentionally exiled for their continued disobedience. Even though a divided kingdom, both Judah and Israel were severely punished by God for their lack of faith and devotion. Now, despite the discipline, our Father promises to show divine love for his children!
How did it make you feel to know that God’s divine love is touching you, too? Using the images of a forgiving parent and a wayward child was powerful. We may have been wayward ourselves in terms of our relationship with God. Have you ever found yourself straying from God, pursuing messages of the world instead?
The more I get to know God and his love for me, the more I wish I had spent more time getting to know him when I was younger. Why did I let so many years go by before really digging in and communing with him on a deeper level? Maybe you’re able to relate to this.
The image of Revelation 3:20 comes to mind immediately for me. In that verse, Jesus said, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Is Jesus knocking or have you let him in—all the way in? Don’t read past that great invitation—Jesus wants to be friends with us!
We all need a little hope to get us through each day. When you have time today, re-read this passage and let the lavishness of God’s love and mercy give you the hope you need to apply to your own life.
Let’s pray … Father God, your love astounds me. Even while your people were struggling or still sinful, you gave them hope. Those actions speak to my heart and give me hope, too. Thank you that you love me despite the bad choices I have made. Forgive me for those times when I have strayed far from you. Thank you that your love reached me where I was. In Jesus’ name. Amen.