March 1, 2021

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Jeremiah 31:2–3 (English Standard Version)
Thus says the Lord: “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love;

PASTOR’S COMMENTARY

It is so comforting to know that God’s divine love is not based on His children’s behavior. In this passage, Jeremiah expressed that fact to a rebellious, unfaithful, disobedient, and unbelieving nation. Even though Israel did not deserve God’s love, the LORD granted them grace.

Our nation certainly does not deserve God’s favor. In fact, justice would call for its condemnation. But in the same way, God promised His grace to Israel. He is allowing His grace to rain down upon America.

Better yet, as individuals, none of us can claim they deserve God’s grace. In many ways, we are rebellious, unfaithful, disobedient, and unbelieving. But God loves us with an everlasting love. His love can and will outlast all of our failures, faults, and falling short of His glory.

Everlasting love is that quality of God to look past our negative physical behavior and see our positive spiritual needs. God’s Word for today gives us a reason to praise Him. It should also motivate us to do all we can to express our appreciation by living a life that pleases Him. Then we will find the rest we seek.