October 13

Jeremiah 32:36-41

I will make with them an everlasting covenant that I will not turn away from doing good to them ... I will rejoice in doing good to them” (40-41).

What could be more encouraging than today’s reading? Our joy is what really makes God happy. “The infinite heart of God is engaged in doing us infinite good. And that is what Jesus paid for with his blood” (John Piper).

Last year our family faced quite a bit of discouragement. Illness and loneliness brought feelings of defeat and inadequacy. Physical exhaustion put me at the end of my rope some days after dealing with emotions and decisions that needed to be made.

Sometimes our circumstances are so difficult, we just can’t find joy. “In hope [Abraham] believed against hope” (Romans 4:18). Believe in the promises of God even when it’s difficult. God won’t turn away from you and he’ll be faithful to take your little piece of hope and turn it back into joy. He will not turn away from your good.

Never! This relationship we have with God is a two way street. While he seeks our good, he’s also seeking our praise. When we delight in him, our praises overflow. Delight in him today. “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” (Psalm 115:1).


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