How Sure Are God’s Promises?
The book of Jeremiah is both a book of judgment and a book of restoration. In reality, that phrase fits everyone who is reading this…and even those who aren’t reading this. Each of our lives has experienced times of judgment and restoration…times when we have experienced consequences for our sin and times when we have received forgiveness and blessing. The consistent theme of Jeremiah is that, because of the sins of the people, the nation of Judah will be taken captive by the nation of Babylon and the people will be taken away and the city of Jerusalem will be destroyed. But that is not all. The second consistent theme is that one day God will bring His people back to Jerusalem.
In Jeremiah chapter 33 God speaks of how He is going to keep His promise to bring the people back: 25 “Thus says the Lord: ‘If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, 26 then I will cast away the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his descendants to be rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will cause their captives to return, and will have mercy on them.’” God’s promise to bring back the people is as sure as the rising and setting of the sun. As there is day and night to each day, so shall God’s promise to bring His people back be fulfilled. The same is true for the promises that we have, of salvation and forgiveness; of God’s watchful care in our lives and many, many others. The same God who does not sweat bringing up the sun every morning, is going to keep His promises in your life. You can trust Him; as sure as there are day and night! If you are wavering in something that you know that God has promised you, be reminded of His faithfulness as you see the sun rise this morning or set this evening.