My morning readings these last few weeks have been in the (looooong) book of Jeremiah. Explains why I haven’t said much about my Bible readings lately. The chapters are profound & so rich but require context. Nobody wants a 20-part thread. Lol. But this morning was Jeremiah 31.
It was like stumbling into Eden from a blood-soaked war zone. Over 1/2 of it is written in poetry, God Himself the poet. I’m wrenched by this God this morning. This God who is unspeakably holy, who is both near & far & sees our evil ways & how we’ve exploited the sacred for sin.
We’re not Israel, of course, in the passages of Jeremiah 31 but we have the same God with the same heart toward His own and we are most certainly people of the new covenant foretold in Jeremiah 31. The longest quotation from the OT found in the NT is Heb 8:8-12 from Jer 31:31-34.
Though his people had rebelled grievously & resisted warning after warning & refused to repent & were handed by God over to their captors just as he promised he’d do, he still had a plan for restoration. If you get a chance, read the whole chapter but I’ll end with a few verses:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you. Again I will build you so that you will be rebuilt…You will take up your tambourines again & go out in joyful dancing (God loves joyful dancing & this joyful dancer’s glad)...
They’ll come weeping but I’ll bring them back with consolation…By a smooth way where they will not stumble…For the Lord has ransomed Jacob & redeemed him from the power of one stronger than he... their life will be like an irrigated garden...I will turn their mourning into JOY,
give them consolation and bring happiness out of their grief.” One of these days, Loved of God, every detail God foretold will be fulfilled. For those with faith in Jesus who instituted the new covenant by his very blood, God will just as surely bring happiness out of our grief.
Listen listen listen listen listen: he will not just bring relief out of our grief. He will bring HAPPINESS out of our grief. Make no mistake. We WILL live happily ever after. So be faithful, servant of God, in the hidden & smallest of things. For one day you will hear him say,
“Well done, good and faithful servant...Come and share your Master’s happiness!” Matt 25:21

My God is so much better than he has to be.

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Reflecting this morning on restoration after my reading in Jeremiah 32-33. Thinking how we can be so certain nothing is left and all is desolation and every dream or hope is dead. And nothing makes a corpse of hope like us having killed it ourselves. The agony of consequences.
Then right there, staring at the barren field, our bare feet on parched dirt, silver clouds of a sunless sky hanging shame heavy on our heads, yoke-like, death-like, the word of the Lord we once knew takes flight from the sacred page and the Wind reminds us in whispers inaudible,
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A word to you who may, by God’s grace & sovereign will, become career writers. Vocational writers. I’m talking about those who’ll write numerous books and articles that stretch over 3 to perhaps as long as 5 decades. One of the most important things you’ll be faced with doing is
looking back over your own work & accepting your limitations. You couldn’t know what you didn’t know. If you’re in your 30s & you’ve written something fabulous & think you’ll get years down the road & look back on decades of writing without wincing, I have bad news for you. God’s
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“Concerning this salvation, the prophets who predicted the grace that would come to you searched and investigated carefully. They probed into what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ
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Presently in the book of Jeremiah in my daily reading. Have you ever heard anything more beautiful than these 2 lines of poetry in Ch 15?

“Your words were found and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I bear your name, Lord God of Armies.”
I knew someone who felt this way. Bible study was not only a spiritual discipline to him. It was the delight of his life. Though I could not quite define what distinguished him, I knew that I wanted it and began to pray for it with all my heart. And the Lord granted it.
A guy who worked with him told me that, earlier the very day my mentor went home to be with Jesus, he’d gone on and on to him about several verses in Ephesians.

I‘ll tell the story as long as I live because I believe with everything in me God would do this for any believer.
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I’m sitting on my front porch reading a book, watching the sun go down through the trees, and there is a small plane flying in circles over my house. What is this kind of insanity???
What is wrong with people????
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To know Jesus.
To know him yourself.
Not 2nd hand through teacher, writer or preacher. These have a crucial place but their job is to help you know him yourself. To do life with him. Walk with him. Follow him. Talk with him. To be loved by him. To come to love him. To trust him.
To learn to listen to him. To hear him in Scripture. To be led by him. To serve him. To find divine consolation in pain & loss by learning to fellowship in his sufferings. To take his courage, These form a bond no one can easily walk away from. There’s no replacing Jesus.
I don’t grasp for the life of me how anyone could know Jesus, I mean really know Jesus, and walk away from him. He is like no one else. His love is better than life. His faithfulness surer than daybreak. His mercies are unending. His grace, abounding. His scars, healing.
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