Wednesday Word 3.21.2018
Jeremiah 31:31-34 New International Version
31 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. 33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
I love this passage. The promises of God are thrilling to me. Even though we broke our part of the pact God made with us, he cares for us still. He loves us so much that he prepared a new way of life for us. God gave us breath as we were created. He empowered leaders to lead us and priests to teach us. But, still we did not obey. Over and over, God’s people were overrun because they failed to obey. But then, God said he would go a step further. God made an even more amazing commitment.
In your heart of hearts you know what is good and right and pleasing to God. We might call it having a conscience. Freud called it “superego.” I think of it as the fingerprint of God within my heart. He said he would let me know what he wants me to know. He said he would write it deep within so that I wouldn’t forget. Then he went about making my salvation possible. Jesus came to make sure. Because my choices continue to fail, Jesus chooses to take all my sin, all my weakness, all my failure and make it possible for God to forgive me and “remember my sins no more.” Because I am so weak, God sends the Holy Spirit to work on me, in me and around me to help me try to do better. Over and over, I am overrun by my own shortcomings. Over and over, I am loved. I am saved.
This is deeply personal. This isn’t just a story written in a book. This is you and me. I don’t need to tell you this. It is written in your heart, too. Every single one of us can have an incredible connection, an immovable conviction, overwhelming joy. Every single one of us has the opportunity to know Our Creator, Our Savior, Our Almighty God. You know it from the inside out…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki