Saturday, April 08, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

READING



Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:27-34
Morning Psalms: Psalms 137, 144
New Testament: Romans 11:25-36
Gospel: John 11:28-44, 12:37-50
Evening Psalms: Psalms 42, 43

DEVOTIONAL


“’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.’”
(Jeremiah 31:33)

You will rarely hear me utter the words, “I promise.” This is because so much is unknown, our paths, our circumstances, our lives, my life, can all change in the blink of an eye, and I am ever conscious of that fact. I’ve also dealt with the devastation of having someone whom I thought would never break a promise to me not follow through. This only reminded me that people are fallible; and while people are capable of breaking promises, I know that God will not.

Jeremiah prophesized the covenant that God would make with us, as believers in Christ. A covenant, to me, is the highest kind of promise, the kind I can hold tight to when it seems everything else is failing. God didn’t just say these things, He “declared” them, and He didn’t declare them with a lingering, “maybe … “. He declared them definitively and referred to them as a covenant -- the truest of promises!

So while people, with all their good intentions, might fail me every now and then, I know, without a doubt, that God won’t. Sometimes I struggle; sometimes I can’t seem to make sense of the why’s that come up in life, but it’s God promises that tell me, no matter what I’m facing, I can cling tightly to Him and to His promises and know that everything will be ok.

“For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.”
(Romans 11:36)

BBH (3/23/13)


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