READING: Jeremiah 51-52
These final chapters of Jeremiah record God’s judgment on Babylon, followed by another summary of the fall of Jerusalem in chapter 52. God brought the Babylonians on Jerusalem to judge His people for their idolatry, and He would then raise up the Medes against the Babylonians “because his purpose is to destroy Babylon” (Jer 51:11) for their own sin. He would bring down His wrath on them particularly for “all the wrong they have done in Zion” (Jer 51:24).
In the midst of this chapter on judgment are these words that stand out like a neon light against the backdrop of darkness: “For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the Lord Almighty, though their land is full of guilt before the Holy One of Israel” (Jer 51:5). God’s justice on Babylon would also lead to the return of His people from captivity, and He would orchestrate those events because He was firmly committed to His people. Indeed, He was much, much, much more committed to them than they were to Him. Babylon’s fall would be Israel’s reminder of that fact.
I again remain more amazed than ever by the gracious mercy of God as I read the Scriptures this year. Each time I read texts like this one, I can’t help but think about the number of times in my early Christian walk when I struggled with sin, recommitted my life to God, struggled with sin some more, and recommitted my life to Him again and again. I’m reminded of my battles with my vocational calling as I knew God had called me to preach, but I also deeply wanted to teach. I think about how many times I stepped into the pulpit without adequately praying or preparing, leaning more on my supposed ability than God’s power. I know how often I’ve failed Him.
And yet, He does not forsake me. Ever.
How can I do anything but praise Him?
- Think about hymns of grace today. Sing “Amazing Grace” throughout the day.
- In light of God’s continued grace and commitment toward you, make holy choices this day.
PRAYER: “God, I am astounded by Your commitment to me. Let that astonishment today result in obedience to You.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Lamentations 1:3:36