it all works out
Jeremiah 32:36-44 (JDV)
Jeremiah 32:36 “Now therefore, this is what Yahveh, the God of Israel, says to this city about which you said, ‘It has been handed over to Babylon’s king through sword, famine, and plague’:
Jeremiah 32:37 I will certainly gather them from all the lands where I have banished them in my anger, rage and intense wrath, and I will return them to this place and make them live in safety.
Jeremiah 32:38 They will be my people, and I will be their God.
Jeremiah 32:39 I will give them one heart and way so that they will fear me always, for their good and for the good of their descendants after them.
Jeremiah 32:40 “I will make a permanent covenant with them: I will never turn away from doing good to them, and I will put fear of me in their hearts so they will never again turn away from me.
Jeremiah 32:41 I will take delight in them to do what is good for them, and with all my heart and mind I will faithfully plant them in this land.
Jeremiah 32:42 “You see, this is what Yahveh says: Just as I have brought all this terrible disaster on these people, so am I about to bring on them all the good I am promising them.
Jeremiah 32:43 Fields will be bought in this land about which you are saying, ‘It’s a desolation without people or animals; it has been handed over to the Chaldeans! ‘
Jeremiah 32:44 Fields will be purchased, the transaction written on a scroll and sealed, and witnesses will be called on in the land of Benjamin, in the areas surrounding Jerusalem, and in Judah’s cities – the cities of the hill country, the cities of the Judean foothills, and the cities of the Negev – because I will restore their fortunes.” this is what Yahveh declares.
it all works out
I love reading, and I read every chance I get. Especially in the evenings after the day’s work is done, there is nothing like a novel or a biography that I can get lost in. I don’t mind reading about lots of troubles and trials that the characters in the story go through, as long as I find it all works out to their good in the final chapter.
God’s promise to gather and restore his people to their land was something that they could hold on to through the terrible ordeal that they were going through. No matter how hard the exile got, they could take comfort in God’s promise that the end of the book would set everything right.
Lord, thank you for your promise to gather and restore us in the final chapter.