Saturday, October 13, 2018

October 13 - Jeremiah 33

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 33. 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?)
  • Today’s chapter is about restoration. God promised that he would bring peace, healing, and forgiveness to Israel (see verse 6-8) and he also promised that Jesus would come in the future to bring justice and righteousness (see verses 15-16).
  • God’s promise was so strong and permanent that the only way it could be broken was if the sun and the moon stopped rising and setting (see verse 20). He promised he would never abandon his people.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God’s enduring love and mercy are displayed in this passage. The restoration of Jerusalem was part of his ultimate plan. The timing of his plan doesn’t always make sense and it is not always easy to trust him. This chapter is one of many in the Bible that reminds us that God keeps his promises and he has a plan (see Jeremiah 29:11).
  • God loves his people intently and he wants them to sing with joy and thanksgiving. He adores being in relationship with them. He does not promise there will be no troubles in life but he promises to walk beside you as you journey through the tough seasons.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What part of your life is on a rough road today? When did it start to get rough? Was it a gradual change or did a deep pothole come out of nowhere? Have you been on that rough road for a while? Today, pause for a minute and talk to God. Be honest with him; tell him if you are feeling alone, tired, or angry. Ask him to remind you of the strength of his promises.
  • Another way to find support on a bumpy road is to check out Restore, a recovery group that is come-as-you-are and a safe place for everyone on Tuesday nights at Verve (childcare is provided). There is nothing too big or too small to be a part of the Restore community and you will find a welcoming circle with people who journey together.