And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul. Jer. 32:38–41
Heavenly Father, this passage is bigger than the Grand Canyon, more beautiful than the Montana Skyline in October, and more savor-able than every chocolate factory in Switzerland.
It’s hard to overlook all the “I will’s” connecting this extraordinary catalogue of promises. You make promises you alone can keep, for they demand a grace you alone can give.
You promise to “never stop doing good to us,” and doing so with great joy. This is truly overwhelming, almost too good to be true. However, by sending Jesus, you’ve already “made good” on your promise to make an “everlasting covenant” with us. Surely, we can trust you with everything else.
Because of Jesus, we are totally known and perfectly forgiven, legally righteous and unconditionally loved. Your delight in us is great and your singing over us is endless. This frees us, Father, to trust your heart when we feel vulnerable; to rest in your love while we wait for your hand; and to hope with peace when circumstances invite fear.
One Day we will be completely whole, and the whole creation will be completely renewed. That’s when you will “plant us” in the ultimate land of the “new heaven and new earth,” and we will glorify and enjoy you forever.
Until that Day, we trust you to continue your transforming, liberating work in our lives, Father. Free us to love you with singleness of heart, unwavering trust, and ever-increasing joy. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ triumphant and tender name.