Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 29-31
Today’s Reflection: Jeremiah 31:10-11
10) “Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’ 11) For the LORD has ransomed Jacob and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
Judah was in despair. The mighty nation of Babylon along with the Chaldeans had Jerusalem under siege and taken many of the people of Judah captive. The apocalyptic prophesies Jeremiah had told appeared to be coming true. The reason for Judah’s destruction, as told by Jeremiah, must have been true as well:
Jeremiah 32:22-23 – 22) And you gave them this land, which you swore to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey. 23) And they entered and took possession of it. But they did not obey your voice or walk in your law. They did nothing of all you commanded them to do. Therefore you have made all this disaster come upon them.
It was Judah’s own sin—worshiping false gods and idols in the land the true God had given them—that had brought destruction upon them. God had chosen Nebuchadnezzar and the nations of Babylon and the Chaldeans to discipline and chasten His people. And yet, God is merciful so He also made this promise—to judge Babylon and to ultimately return the exiles back to Judah.
Jeremiah 31:20 – Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he my darling child? For as often as I speak against him, I do remember him still. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, declares the LORD.
Despite their sins God’s plan of redemption never stopped reaching out to Judah, to bring them back to Him and His ways. Even though God allowed Judah’s destruction He was always working on their restoration. In fact Judah’s destruction was part of their restoration, for God can use anything for the good of those who love and serve Him (Romans 8:28).
In our lives, at times, things don’t go the way we hope for. We lose loved ones, lose opportunities, lose relationships and lose our precious time. Sometimes it’s as a result of our own sins. But even when this is the case God already has a plan to restore what He has allowed you to lose, free you if He has allowed you to become bound, and heal you if He has allowed you to become injured or sick. Things may not be exactly as they were, but if you look for God’s hand of mercy you will see His provision even through the darkest circumstances.
If God has allowed it to become broken you can claim this promise: He will fix it.
Psalm 51:8 – Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.