God made promises to him: you’ll teach truth no one will apply; you’ll write prescriptions no one will take; you’ll display costly love no one will accept. Oh, and you’ll be thrown in jail for doing all that.
Think about it: how would you like your memoirs to be entitled: Lamentations!
Yep. His life story was called “Regret” and no one bought the movie rights!
Reading through Jeremiah’s words is so painful because it is so real and so close to home. Some of us understand his words at profound levels.
But as God always does, He buried the most beautiful treasures (promises) in the soil of Jeremiah’s suffering.
God says to the same prophet to which He had spoken the complete devastation of His people that He will restore everything lost through their sin. Before the devastation even arrives God is already painting a portrait of the fully restored and utterly overflowing new life He will bring.
The last word from God is always mercy.
When we fail persistently, God will deal with that which is keeping us from Him. Sometimes He has to thoroughly crush our stubborn ways and self-absorbed lives.
But He is the Master of creating beauty from ashes and life from dust!
He has the ability to stand over the scraps, fragments and remnants of our lives and like a Phoenix being called out of the ashes, make something grand and powerful rise from the ruins.
- When He restores, it is always better than before.
- When He renews the outcome is always more alive than what had died.
When He calls a Lazarus from the dead, what walks out of the grave has a greater sense of what lies beyond the grave.
From that moment on, the restored life leaves the imprint of eternity on everything it touches.
Those who were the once-devastated but are the now-restored walk through life with the scent of death transformed into the aroma of Jesus.