Today’s Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34
By: Phyllis Lisby
Isn’t it encouraging that God is always our Hope? Throughout His Word, He consistently shows Himself as Our Hope. He communicates this part of His character through His many promises, through stories of imperfect people like us who He redeems and uses, and through the ways He renews and restores the earth through rain and the changing seasons.
The most significant way He is our Hope, for today and throughout eternity, is through the new covenant that He promises in this passage. This new covenant is entirely new! The old covenant He made with His people at Mount Sinai depended upon the faithful actions of His people, adhering to His laws for their part of the covenant to be kept. Throughout the Old Testament, we read how God’s people did not keep their part of the covenant because of their stubbornness of heart. They went their own way time after time. Throughout it all God remained faithful. He did not turn his back on them counting them as hopeless. He promised over and over that He would make a way; He would save His people, redeeming and restoring them for all eternity.
This passage also anticipates the Messiah. God promises that He will put His law within His people and that His people will know Him personally, intimately. God says too that He will forgive our sin and remember it no more – amazing! Christ’s sacrifice on the cross bought our forgiveness so we could know God personally, and His resurrection broke the power of sin in our lives! Praise God, our Hope!
Only a few years ago I heard repentance referred to as a gift. It truly is a gift from our loving Heavenly Father, empowering us to turn from our sin and be restored by Him, our Hope.