God rejoices in his loving initiatives

rejoiceI’ve recently been studying the amazing covenant promises of God and tracing them through his Word (as part of my external studies with Moore College, a subject called Promise to Fulfilment). While reading that famous passage about God establishing relationship with us and writing his law in our hearts (Jeremiah 31:31-36) I was reminded of a less famous but equally gracious promise located nearby. Here it is:

“They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.”
(Jeremiah 32:38-41 NIV)

These verses have been highlighted in my old NIV bible for a long time. The passage contains so many elements of grace and blessings unimaginable! God is the one who ‘inspires us to fear him’ and gives us ‘singleness of heart and action’. Our faith is a gift; the Spirit is a gift that enables us to follow him and secures our relationship with him. God gives this and does this because it brings him pleasure; he rejoices in doing good to us. We can rejoice that he has ‘assuredly planted’ us in Christ, in his growing family of believers, the Church. We have a home in heaven that Christ is preparing for us. None of this is down to us, to our own making. God graciously provided our salvation and he rejoices in it. How could we do anything else?

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5 thoughts on “God rejoices in his loving initiatives

  1. Good word! This passage really sums up the character of our heavenly Father. And the Hebrew word for “fear” is an interesting and often misunderstood word. It’s actually a very positive word that every believer should desire with all their heart. In this context, it means to be overwhelmed, in awe and full of wonder. And this is the key. When our heart is overwhelmed by His over-the-top goodness and grace, how lavishly He loves us, we will never ever want anything else! Our problem is that we have not experienced enough of His awe and wonder. He’s way more amazing that we can imagine! Deep, heart-felt Worship is the automatic response when we experience this. Blessings.

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