Jeremiah 25, 45, 46
Focus Verse: Fear not, O Jacob My servant, declares the Lord, for I am with you. I will make a full end of all the nations to which I have driven you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished. – Jeremiah 46:28
Much of the book of Jeremiah details God’s strong condemnation of Israel’s disobedience toward Him. It tells of coming chastisement due to their rejection of His commands. Yet, God does not leave Israel without hope.
After their land has been ravaged, after spending many years in captivity, after enduring famine and siege and sickness and bloodshed, after being abused and beaten down and nearly destroyed…God promises to save Israel. He promises to bring them out of captivity. He promises that they will return to their own land and once again have quiet and ease.
Amid utter failure, Israel does not have to fear. Amid devastating destruction, Israel is encouraged not to be dismayed. God will be with Israel through pain, rejection, and captivity. He will be with them in a foreign land among pagan people. He will be with His own in a fiery furnace, before a prideful king, and in a lion’s den.
Because of His character, God does not cast us off when we repeatedly disobey Him, but neither can He bless us. He rightfully chastises us, but amid His chastisement, He still cares for us. He walks with us as He wounds us. And after He wounds us, God also bandages us. His hand that hurt us, also heals us.