- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On March 21, 2016
- 22 Comments
Whenever I go through the book of Jeremiah, I’m so touched by how conflicted the Lord sounds in the prophecies. He feels compelled by His holiness to judge the Israelites for their idolatry and other sins but as He is pronouncing disaster upon them, in the same breath He is proclaiming pardon and restoration. Hear Him:
“For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah that have been torn down to be used against the siege ramps and the sword in the fight with the Babylonians: ‘They will be filled with the dead bodies of the men I will slay in my anger and wrath. I will hide my face from this city because of its wickedness.
‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before. I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it … ‘ ” Jeremiah 33:4-9
This reminds me of some other inspired assertions by Jeremiah in Lamentations 3: 32-33:
“Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love. For He does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.”
Our God is such a tender-hearted Father, yearning for us to love and be one with Him. May He bring us individually to the place where we only live to please Him in Jesus’ name. Amen.May we live to reciprocate God's matchless love for us. Click To Tweet
The scriptures used above are from the New International Version of the Holy Bible.
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