The reading for today is Jeremiah 31:31-34.
31 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 “It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. 33
“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.” 34 “No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will for forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Many of us are familiar with the last part of Jeremiah 31:34. We are counting on being forgiven, as God wipes away our sin. The earlier verses speak about old and new covenants. The old covenant described the relationship between God and His people and looked for a response from the people. The people loved what God gave them, but they would not give Him the obedience that He required. Jeremiah was given the difficult task of telling the people to repent...or judgment would come. They ignored
Him and judgment came! If Jeremiah were in our society today, would his message be any different?
Having surrendered to Christ and having been gifted by God with the Holy Spirit, we, as Christians, know that through His precious Spirit and Word, we are not only shown where our lives are not pleasing to Him, but also redirected and enabled to become more and more like Jesus. We choose to ignore this guidance and God's Word at our own peril. Truly “knowing the Lord” and becoming people of the new covenant will only happen when we are able to think of others first, ourselves last. On this All Saints Day, may we praise God that we can choose to be saints under construction by confessing our belief in Jesus Christ and allowing God to mold and make us after His will.
Lord God, bring into our lives those who long for hope and peace, so that we may share Your beautiful plan of surrender, forgiveness, and the promise of help from the Holy Spirit, as we prepare for a total restoration of our relationship with you in heaven. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Sarah (Sally) Starr Messmer firstname.lastname@example.org
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