October 22, 2018
Jeremiah 31:31-34 …“No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.” vs. 34
This is the dream! Jeremiah expressed it well. He was an eye-witness to the fall of Jerusalem and became a refugee in the land of Egypt. In his heart of hearts, despite his pessimism about the political situation, he believed that God would continue to be faithful. One day there would be a new covenant, not one based on laws written on tablets of stone, but a covenant of forgiveness and love that would be etched on every human heart. We’re still hanging on to that dream! It still has not become a reality, and perhaps it never will. But we keep on hoping nonetheless. And sometimes we get glimpses of what that new relationship can be like because there are some among us whose hearts have been changed. We can see in their words and actions that they know the Lord. Their lives are a reflection of God’s love. It’s not that they’ve lived perfect lives; all of them freely acknowledge their sin. But they know they’re forgiven. Living by grace, they reach out to others with compassion and care. And their presence helps keep our hope alive. Jeremiah’s dream could come true for all people.
Thought for the Day: What keeps Jeremiah’s dream from becoming reality?