"In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, iniquity shall be sought in Israel, and there shall be none, and sin in Judah, and none shall be found, for I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant."
Jeremiah has been called the “Weeping Prophet.” He had a really hard ministry, warning His people about the judgment of God that was about to fall on them and then walking through it with them, step by step.
But through all his predictions of disaster and their terrible fulfillment in his own lifetime, Jeremiah was aware of the good purpose of God. All through his prophesies we see a spark of God’s loving purpose flash, like in the verse above.
Jeremiah knew that whether God is blessing His people with prosperity and peace, disciplining them with disaster and defeat, or comforting them in the sometimes painful experiences of this life, God never stops seeking our hearts. His purpose is always to tenderly bring us to Himself.
Though He giveth or He taketh,
God His children ne’er forsaketh;
His the loving purpose, solely
To preserve them, pure and holy.
Dear Father in Heaven, fulfill Your loving purpose in me. Keep my heart close to You. Preserve me as the pure and holy child that you have declared me to be in Christ. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles