Hovering over Jeremiah 31 this morning. Big idea? “There is hope for your future” (Jer. 31:17a).
A disciplined people would eventually find grace in the wilderness (31:2). The God who called them on their sin, and sent them packing to Babylon, was the same God who loved them “with an everlasting love” (31:3) and promised that a great company would return to the land of promise (31:8). He who scattered His people would be He who gathers His people and He who keeps His people “as a shepherd keeps his flock” (31:10). They would be known as the ransomed and the redeemed (31:11) and their mourning would turn into joy. Gladness would displace their sorrow (31:13).
But here’s what I’m chewing on, in particular — His people would be satisfied.
“I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, declares the LORD. . . For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”
(Jeremiah 31:14, 25 ESV)
Satisfied. Who doesn’t want to be satisfied? Satiated? Filled up?
Too much of life, it seems, can be done running on empty. Just enough gas in the tank to accomplish whatever the next task is that needs to get done. Then, a quick fuel stop, just enough to get the needle off empty, and off again to whatever’s next. Cruise control, too often, permanently engaged.
But the promise of God for His people is that they would be satisfied. And that, with His goodness. Their weary and languishing souls would be replenished. And that, with Himself.
In our now but not yet reality of the kingdom, we can experience foretastes of such provision. We know times of being full. We have tasted and seen that the Lord is good (Ps. 34:8). And so, we long for the day of when being full to the brim becomes our default reality. The Lord’s goodness so permeating every facet of life that nothing else more is needed or wanted.
But in the meantime, as Paul did, we learn to be content in whatever situation (Php. 4:11). Not expecting satisfaction to be found in our circumstance but in abiding with the Savior. “Come to Me,” He says, “and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). His abiding presence our all-sufficient portion. Respite found in Him amidst the rigors of day-to-day life in the world.
And it’s in these quiet moments in the morning, when a few minutes are taken to refuel in the word and recalibrate through meditation, that a realization dawns that even in this now but not yet time, I am satisfied. And that, with Him.
His grace sufficient. His mercies new every morning.
Continuing to learn to be content in all situations. Because God is good. All the time.
By His grace. For His glory.