Losing A Document

There have been numerous times, even whilst writing these devotions, that I have pressed the wrong button to find the webpage change and all my most recent typing disappear into the unknown.

Jeremiah 36:1-32

Reference:  v.27-28  After the king burned the scroll containing the words that Baruch had written at Jeremiah’s dictation, the word of the Lord can to Jeremiah: “Take another scroll and write on it all the words that were on the first scroll, which Jehoiakim king of Judah burned up.” (NIV Bible)

Explore:  I do a great deal of typing on my computer on a daily basis and I’m never more annoyed at myself than when I lose a document that I have just typed up.  There have been numerous times, even whilst writing these devotions, that I have pressed the wrong button to find the webpage change and all my most recent typing disappear into the unknown.  The feeling of having to start all over again is so disheartening.

Application:  While it takes a bit of brainpower to remember the words that I have just lost, it is not incredibly difficult to retype them.  On the other hand, when Jeremiah was getting Baruch to write down the words that God had spoken to him it was a much more difficult task.  Baruch couldn’t just pull out his MacBookPro and start typing away at the keys.  Back in those days they didn’t even have pen and paper as readily available as we do today.  If they were writing on a scroll it probably would have been made out of the skin of an animal and taking dictation with the ink they had at the time was much slower than touch-typing!  The thought of repeating this whole process again – seeing that the king had cut up their first document and thrown it in to the fire – would have seemed rather arduous.  And yet Jeremiah was obedient and did what God had commanded.  And because of his obedience we have the book of Jeremiah in our Bibles today.  We never know what God can do with our humble actions, but when we do them in obedience and dedication to Him, all things are possible.

Prayer:  Lord, there are some days where we just feel like we’re hitting our heads against a brick wall.  Help us to see the bigger picture and stay obedient to You.  Amen.

Is there a monotonous task ahead of you?  What might God be teaching you through this task?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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