Jeremiah 30 has God instructing the prophet to “write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you”. God wants His Words captured and put on paper so they can be shared with generations to come, but more immediately, that they can be shared with those He is about to set free. “For behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity”. God is already ready to save us. But first, we have to be reconciled to Him. We need to be restored to right standing in His sight.
“For I am with you to save you, declares the Lord”. God is with us always. He never leaves. When it seems that way, we need to realize that God didn’t move away from us, we moved far from Him. He never leaves nor forsakes us. But that said, He also doesn’t turn a blind eye to our sin. He has to address it, and that is never fun. “I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished”. Even as He prepares to set His people free and restore them to their land, the restoration comes with a price – punishment for the disobedience they have lived.
God deals with sin strongly. “I have dealt you the blow of an enemy, the punishment of a merciless foe, because your guilt is great, because your sins are flagrant”. Obedience is not optional. God requires us to obey. And when we don’t we are guilty of sin. There is a price to pay for that sin, and unfortunately on our own, we can never pay that price. That’s why Jesus came to save us. He went to the cross to pay the price for our sin and redeem us from it. We can be set free and overcome sin. But the way that happens is grace, through the shed blood of Christ.
So how does God respond when we get right with Him? “I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will make them honored, and they shall not be small….you shall be my people, and I will be your God”. How wonderful that reunion is. When we are set free from the punishment of sin by the grace of Jesus Christ’s shed blood and are brought back into relationship with God. He wants to bless us indeed. We need to focus on living our lives in a way pleasing to Him so we can experience His goodness and blessing. Oh what a glorious gift that is!