LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
The Promise Keeper
“It is the Lord who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night, and who stirs the sea into roaring waves. His name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and this is what he says: “I am as likely to reject my people Israel […]Keep Reading
“It is the Lord who provides the sun to light the day
and the moon and stars to light the night,
and who stirs the sea into roaring waves.
His name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
and this is what he says:
“I am as likely to reject my people Israel
as I am to abolish the laws of nature!”
This is what the Lord says:
“Just as the heavens cannot be measured
and the foundations of the earth cannot be explored,
so I will not consider casting them away
for the evil they have done.
I, the Lord, have spoken!”
“The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when all Jerusalem will be rebuilt for me, from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. A measuring line will be stretched out over the hill of Gareb and across to Goah. And the entire area—including the graveyard and ash dump in the valley, and all the fields out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far as the Horse Gate—will be holy to the Lord. The city will never again be captured or destroyed.” (Jeremiah 31:35-40 NLT)
Jeremiah ends chapter 31 with a poem about God’s character. The power, goodness, and faithfulness of God are displayed in the sun, moon, stars, and sea. God speaks of the impossible to illustrate that Israel will not cease to be a nation nor will her descendants be rejected, for his decrees will never vanish from His sight nor will the heavens be measured or the foundations of the earth searched out. He proves His sovereignty in Creation and in the preservation of His people. He promises to make holy what has been defiled.
God’s promises never fail. When He promised to give Abraham a son in his old age, it seemed impossible (Genesis 17). However, God fulfilled this promise. Abraham’s conduct “condemns a hasty spirit, reproves a murmuring one, commends a patient one, and encourages quiet submission to God’s will and way”. (Streams in the Desert, Sept. 11)
What is the condition of your spirit today? Is it hasty, murmuring, patient, or submissive? God’s restorative work requires patience and continual submission to His will and way. I am praying that we would trust the Lord, even in situations that seem impossible, as we remember His faithfulness.