Are you good to your word? Can you be depended on and relied on to complete what you say you will do? Can others trust your yes as yes and your no as no? Can others trust that if you say you will be there that you will show up? All the time? Everything?
Consider what that says about your character! Character is more valuable than gold!
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. (Prov 22:1)
Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold–gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away–and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:7)
Do you know someone who is good to their word? God is! If He says something you can take to the bank! You can take it as truth! It’s going to be! So turn to Him! Check with Him when you have questions or concerns or ideas and get His direction! It may be something you did before, but I recommend you go back to Him and not assume it is the same so that you can go about it His way rather than going through the pain of trying to go it your way! Consider David and how he would ask “Should I do it?” And God would answer! Consider how God would give him different direction too based on the situation! David didn’t assume that the right way happened to be the way that worked the last time! Check with God and watch Him guide your steps!
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Prov 3:6)
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life! He is the answer!
Today’s reading speaks to God’s promise to His people…
The Lord’s Promises to His People
1The Lord, the God of Israel, 2said to me, “Write down in a book everything that I have told you, 3because the time is coming when I will restore my people, Israel and Judah. I will bring them back to the land that I gave their ancestors, and they will take possession of it again. I, the Lord, have spoken.” 4The Lord says to the people of Israel and Judah, 5“I heard a cry of terror, a cry of fear and not of peace. 6Now stop and think! Can a man give birth to a child? Why then do I see every man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor? Why is everyone so pale? 7A terrible day is coming; no other day can compare with it—a time of distress for my people, but they will survive.” 8The Lord Almighty says, “When that day comes, I will break the yoke that is around their neck and remove their chains, and they will no longer be the slaves of foreigners. 9Instead, they will serve me, the Lord their God, and a descendant of David, whom I will enthrone as king. 10 “My people, do not be afraid; people of Israel, do not be terrified. I will rescue you from that faraway land, from the land where you are prisoners. You will come back home and live in peace; you will be secure, and no one will make you afraid. 11I will come to you and save you. I will destroy all the nations where I have scattered you, but I will not destroy you. I will not let you go unpunished; but when I punish you, I will be fair. I, the Lord, have spoken.” 12The Lord says to his people, “Your wounds are incurable, your injuries cannot be healed. 13There is no one to take care of you, no remedy for your sores, no hope of healing for you. 14All your lovers have forgotten you; they no longer care about you. I have attacked you like an enemy; your punishment has been harsh because your sins are many and your wickedness is great. 15Complain no more about your injuries; there is no cure for you. I punished you like this because your sins are many and your wickedness is great. 16But now, all who devour you will be devoured, and all your enemies will be taken away as prisoners. All who oppress you will be oppressed, and all who plunder you will be plundered. 17I will make you well again; I will heal your wounds, though your enemies say, ‘Zion is an outcast; no one cares about her.’ I, the Lord, have spoken.” 18The Lord says, “I will restore my people to their land and have mercy on every family; Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its palace restored. 19The people who live there will sing praise; they will shout for joy. By my blessing they will increase in numbers; my blessing will bring them honor. 20I will restore the nation’s ancient power and establish it firmly again; I will punish all who oppress them. 21-22Their ruler will come from their own nation, their prince from their own people. He will approach me when I invite him, for who would dare come uninvited? They will be my people, and I will be their God. I, the Lord, have spoken.” 23-24The Lord’s anger is a storm, a furious wind that will rage over the heads of the wicked. It will not end until he has done all that he intends to do. In days to come his people will understand this clearly.
–from Jeremiah 30
Israel’s Return Home
1The Lord says, “The time is coming when I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel, and they will be my people. 2In the desert I showed mercy to those people who had escaped death. When the people of Israel longed for rest, 3I appeared to them from far away. People of Israel, I have always loved you, so I continue to show you my constant love. 4Once again I will rebuild you. Once again you will take up your tambourines and dance joyfully. 5Once again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria, and those who plant them will eat what the vineyards produce. 6Yes, the time is coming when sentries will call out on the hills of Ephraim, ‘Let’s go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.’” 7The Lord says, “Sing with joy for Israel, the greatest of the nations. Sing your song of praise, ‘The Lord has saved his people; he has rescued all who are left.’ 8I will bring them from the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. The blind and the lame will come with them, pregnant women and those about to give birth. They will come back a great nation. 9My people will return weeping, praying as I lead them back. I will guide them to streams of water, on a smooth road where they will not stumble. I am like a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my oldest son.” 10The Lord says, “Nations, listen to me and proclaim my words on the far-off shores. I scattered my people, but I will gather them and guard them as a shepherd guards his flock. 11I have set Israel’s people free and have saved them from a mighty nation. 12They will come and sing for joy on Mount Zion and be delighted with my gifts—gifts of grain and wine and olive oil, gifts of sheep and cattle. They will be like a well-watered garden; they will have everything they need. 13Then the young women will dance and be happy, and men, young and old, will rejoice. I will comfort them and turn their mourning into joy, their sorrow into gladness. 14I will fill the priests with the richest food and satisfy all the needs of my people. I, the Lord, have spoken.”
The Lord’s Mercy on Israel
15The Lord says, “A sound is heard in Ramah, the sound of bitter weeping. Rachel is crying for her children; they are gone, and she refuses to be comforted. 16Stop your crying and wipe away your tears. All that you have done for your children will not go unrewarded; they will return from the enemy’s land. 17There is hope for your future; your children will come back home. I, the Lord, have spoken. 18“I hear the people of Israel say in grief, ‘Lord, we were like an untamed animal, but you taught us to obey. Bring us back; we are ready to return to you, the Lord our God. 19We turned away from you, but soon we wanted to return. After you had punished us, we hung our heads in grief. We were ashamed and disgraced because we sinned when we were young.’ 20“Israel, you are my dearest child, the one I love best. Whenever I mention your name, I think of you with love. My heart goes out to you; I will be merciful. 21Set up signs and mark the road; find again the way by which you left. Come back, people of Israel, come home to the towns you left. 22How long will you hesitate, faithless people? I have created something new and different, as different as a woman protecting a man.”
The Future Prosperity of God’s People
23The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says, “When I restore the people to their land, they will once again say in the land of Judah and in its towns, ‘May the Lord bless the sacred hill of Jerusalem, the holy place where he lives.’ 24People will live in Judah and in all its towns, and there will be farmers, and shepherds with their flocks. 25I will refresh those who are weary and will satisfy with food everyone who is weak from hunger. 26So then, people will say, ‘I went to sleep and woke up refreshed.’ 27“I, the Lord, say that the time is coming when I will fill the land of Israel and Judah with people and animals. 28And just as I took care to uproot, to pull down, to overthrow, to destroy, and to demolish them, so I will take care to plant them and to build them up. 29 When that time comes, people will no longer say, ‘The parents ate the sour grapes, But the children got the sour taste.’ 30Instead, those who eat sour grapes will have their own teeth set on edge; and everyone will die because of their own sin.” 31 The Lord says, “The time is coming when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 32It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of Egypt. Although I was like a husband to them, they did not keep that covenant. 33 The new covenant that I will make with the people of Israel will be this: I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 None of them will have to teach a neighbor to know the Lord, because all will know me, from the least to the greatest. I will forgive their sins and I will no longer remember their wrongs. I, the Lord, have spoken.” 35The Lord provides the sun for light by day, the moon and the stars to shine at night. He stirs up the sea and makes it roar; his name is the Lord Almighty. 36He promises that as long as the natural order lasts, so long will Israel be a nation. 37If one day the sky could be measured and the foundations of the earth explored, only then would he reject the people of Israel because of all they have done. The Lord has spoken. 38“The time is coming,” says the Lord, “when all of Jerusalem will be rebuilt as my city, from Hananel Tower west to the Corner Gate. 39And the boundary line will continue from there on the west to the hill of Gareb and then around to Goah. 40The entire valley, where the dead are buried and garbage is dumped, and all the fields above Kidron Brook as far as the Horse Gate to the east, will be sacred to me. The city will never again be torn down or destroyed.”