Today’s reading: Jeremiah 50:1-40; 51:59
Today’s reading predicts both God’s ultimate judgement against Babylon and Israel’s ultimate return – to the land and to relationship with God. Though their current situation is hopeless, “Yet their Redeemer is strong; the Lord Almighty is his name.” (Jer. 50:34)
Their return is described as follows:
“In those days, at that time,” declares the Lord, “the people of Israel and the people of Judah together will go in tears to seek the Lord their God. They will ask the way to Zion and turn their faces toward it. They will come and bind themselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.” (Jer. 50:4-5)
The end result is that:
In those days, at that time,” declares the Lord, “search will be made for Israel’s guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare. (Jer. 50:20)
The timeless principles apply to us as well:
- Our hope in every situation – whether challenged by our own weaknesses or threats around us – is that our Redeemer is strong.
- The key for people who wander is … to come back! – earnestly looking for God and committing to a change in direction.
- God’s promise of forgiveness and restoration is incredible – he leaves no trace of the failure on our record. Wow
How does this apply to you today? With whom can you share this good news?