John Austin Higginbotham
“As indeed He says in Hosea, “those who were not my people I will call ‘My People’, and she who was not beloved I will call ‘Beloved’. And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people’, there they shall be called children of the living God.” Romans 9:25-26
In college, it can be difficult to know who you are in God. Plenty of people around you have ideas of who you are and what you should be. Whether it’s parents or friends, many have expectations of you that you are asked to fulfill. In a busy and loud atmosphere, with many people vying for your attention and your “identity”, it can seem hard to find what your true purpose and identity is. Zedekiah, in our recent series believed that he owed his identity and himself to those around him and was torn between his subjects and his Babylonian masters. This wasn’t helped by the fact that he was 21 years old and a newly-made king. Jeremiah however, noted that we should look to God, not the world around us for purpose. For in God alone we find peace, comfort, and ultimately an identity. As Romans reminds us, even when we think we are known by our hometowns, our majors, or any of the other labels given to us by others, God alone knows us from the inside out. And in Him alone we find out reason for being.
Oh Lord, we invite you into our hearts. When everyone else is telling us who we are, let us remember that you truly have our best interest at heart always. That you have dreams and aspirations for us that are bigger and grander than we could ever imagine. And that with you Lord, we have a true and unwavering purpose. Lord open our eyes to your will. In your name we pray, amen.