The God Who Restores

A few verses from reading this morning:

Thus says the Lord, “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness–Israel, when it went to find its rest.” The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.  Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel!  Again you will take up your tambourines, and go forth to the dances of the merrymakers.”
-Jeremiah 31:2-4

God sees us in the wilderness, and there He meets us with grace.  Very often, we find ourselves in the wilderness through our own disobedience or our own lack of discipline.  But God is in the wilderness as much as He is in the land of plenty.  An “everlasting love” set on frail people mandates it.  We serve the God who pursues, meets, draws, and rebuilds.  I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to fathom anyone like this.  The closest equivalent I think of is the very best of parents: Watching over their children at every turn in life, knowing their children’s hearts intimately, meeting them at their point of need, picking them up and dusting them off, and sending them along to better ground.  God is something like that.  He leads us out of the desert place into the place of abundance, where there is dancing and fullness of joy.  That’s my God, the God of all grace.  My hope is that He would be yours as well.

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