March 30 Jeremiah 31:31-34
Even though a former covenant, a sacred agreement with God, had been broken by the Israelites, God gave the remnant people hope. God told them that He will make a new covenant with the present generation of the house of Israel and the house of Judah. The Lord states that it was their fathers who broke that former covenant. God had kept His word and actually had taken the fathers by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. Only by God’s grace had they made that escape.
In this new covenant, says the Lord, “I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts. This time I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
Our God does not hold grudges nor even remember our past misdeeds when we have genuinely asked for his forgiveness. Almighty God is ever ready to give any of His people a fresh, new start, no matter what has gone before. There is always hope for forgiveness, and the promise of a new chance through God’s lovingkindness and mercy. God never gives up on us. He wants what is best for us.
All we need to do is to be genuinely repentant of our past sins and He is ever faithful to forgive and be our God when we are truly studying His word, trying to live for Jesus, our Savior and our Christ, and be His people. Thus Jeremiah gives us hope eternal, that we can claim God’s forgiveness.
As one hymn puts it, “O give us grace to follow our Master and our Friend.” We must give Him our all and listen for His still, small voice to lead us and guide us every step of the journey.
Today, O God, I thank you for your grace that offers me a new start. Now, write your law on my heart so that in this world of competing influences I will always know whom I follow.
Virginia Harward Teller