The scripture for today is Jeremiah 30:18-20, 22, NIV.
18 “This is what the LORD says:
“‘I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents
and have compassion on his dwellings;
the city will be rebuilt on her ruins,
and the palace will stand in its proper place.
19 From them will come songs of thanksgiving
and the sound of rejoicing.
I will add to their numbers,
and they will not be decreased;
I will bring them honor,
and they will not be disdained.
20 Their children will be as in days of old,
and their community will be established before me;
I will punish all who oppress them.
22 “‘So you will be my people,
and I will be your God.’”
What a beautiful and tender message we hear from Jeremiah about the people of Israel and Judah who have been in captivity in Babylon when he writes, “So you will be my people, and I will be your God”. We are by nature, beings that desire to be connected to others and to identify within a community. What more could we ask for than to be called God’s people, knowing we will be showered with His blessings, mercy and love? He will serve as our strength in times of need, and our comfort us in times of strife.
With many people still struggling with the isolation caused by COVID, we are becoming aware to a greater degree how negative it can be to be disconnected from others for extended periods of time. This is especially true to those who may not have access to online social platforms.
Knowing we can connect with God through prayer and His holy word, can provide comfort and solace. Let us look to God as our source of strength and actively work to be God’s servants in this world. Jeremiah talks of God’s grace and forgiveness; he made a new covenant that will be written on the hearts of the people. Let us remember that the God of the Old Testament continues to speak and fulfill His promises to His people. God’s love was there for His people of old and for us today.
Dear God, Please shower Your people with Your love and mercy. We need you. Amen.
Kelly Sperry firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Please be with those who face financial hardship. Amen