Sunday, September 30, 2018

September 30 - Jeremiah 30

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 30. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The beginning of this chapter is God commanding the prophet Jeremiah to keep a written record of the announcement of the restoration of Israel. 
  • The people of Israel were terrified (like a man giving birth! See verse 6) under their slavery to Babylon; but God declared he would save them and restore them to peace. 
  • God reminded his people not to be afraid. They would undergo a period of punishment, receiving a "wound" but God promised to heal them and devour their enemies. 
  • Because of God's compassion, Jerusalem would be rebuilt and the Israelites would be honored. The people of Israel would rejoice and sing to God. God promised "So you will be my people, and I will be your God." (see verse 22).
  • Several times in this passage, God uses the name "Jacob". Jacob was the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. Jacob's name was changed to "Israel" after he wrestled with God (see Genesis 32:28).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God is merciful. He pointed out to Israel that he recognized that they had current difficulties and even though they brought those difficulties upon themselves because of their sins, God would deliver them to peace and prosperity because he loved them.
  • God continued to encourage his people to look past now to see later. The consequences of their actions would not be a permanent punishment. On the other side of it, they would be restored and built up again.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • You might be struggling right now and things might be incredibly difficult. Do you feel like you are in a season of your life that will never end? What fears do you have about the future? Today, take a few moments to have a conversation with God and tell him about those fears. If you are afraid to trust God, tell him that. Be totally honest with God, he can handle it. Ask him to bring peace to your heart and mind and to help you put your trust in him.
  • Sometimes you can get stuck in times of frustration and trouble. It can be helpful to have a community of folks who understand the effect of bad choices and who support each other on their journeys to peace. One way Verve offers that community is through Restore on Tuesday nights. Feel free to stop by and join them for free coffee and encouragement.