October 21

Jeremiah 31:31-34

“No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.” vs. 34

Jeremiah prophesied during one of the most dismal periods of Israel’s history and watched as Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed and the ruling families hauled off into captivity. Many of his sermons were full of judgment and calls for repentance, but he was also able to see beyond the chaos and into a promising and hopeful future. His vision has resonated through the centuries and many hear its words as a sign of hope for our troubled and rancorous generation. He saw a time when goodness would prevail and become as natural to the human heart as breath itself, and indeed, there are moments when the Light shines and we see evidence of God’s transforming presence. Someday all people will know God, and the current mayhem and terror will be a distant memory. Sadly, it’s not likely that this will happen soon–after all it’s 2500 years since Jeremiah spoke and there’s still far too much ugliness and pain. The good news is that God is full of forgiveness and all of our sin will be forgotten–ultimately love and mercy will prevail! In the meantime we will be content with the glimpses of Light  that come our way every single day. For now they’re just what we need to maintain the dream!

Thought for the Day: Why do I remember my sin if God has forgotten it?

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