Title: New Heart, Clean Heart
Text: Jeremiah 31:31-34
“…The time is coming when I will make a brand-new covenant with Israel and Judah (God’s chosen people). It won’t be a repeat of the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant even though I did my part as their Master.” God’s Decree.
“This is the brand-new covenant that I will make with Israel when the time comes. I will put my law within them—write it on their hearts!—and be their God. And they will be my people. They will no longer go around setting up schools to teach each other about God. They’ll know me firsthand, the dull and the bright, the smart and the slow. I’ll wipe the slate clean for each of them. I’ll forget they ever sinned!” God’s Decree.
Truth: This passage is very important. It is God saying to all His people that He loves us and wants to bless us with His forgiveness and give us a new life, and to do that He begins by putting into our heart a way for us to know Him personally. No matter what wrongs we have done, God wants to give us a fresh start by giving us a new, clean heart.
Application: The chosen people of God that we read about in the Bible had misused the gift God had given them. They had forgotten His promises. God wanted them to realize their choices had consequences and He allowed His people to be defeated by enemies and then removed them from their homes and lands – all of which God had given them when He led them into the Promised Land. However, as the people were being kicked out and taken out of the land, God told Jeremiah, His prophet at the time, that there was Good News in the Bad times they were experiencing: God wanted to use these bad times to let His people to know God will work through the coming days to help them discover the new Heart, the clean Heart that God will give them as He places His message of love upon that new, clean heart.
Jeremiah’s message from God did not get immediate acceptance by the people because they were experiencing some really tough times in their lives. They had lost almost everything that they they thought was important to them. But sometimes we need to lose all the “things” in our life to realize the one thing we cannot really afford to lose is our relationship with God.
I pray each of you will never have to face the hardships like the people of Israel and Judah had to face, but many of us will face some really tough times not because God hates you, but that He loves you and will give you an opportunity to find Him along side of you when all else seems lost. Homes can be rebuilt, money replaced, and relationships reestablished – but if ever we lose God, we lose all our hope. God knows what we need and He is forever faithful to reveal His love for you, and He wants to be in your heart in the good times and the bad times.
Do you feel God working in your heart? I pray every day that you will let God into your heart to help you face all that you will face as you grow up. Your heart is where God begins to help us to know Him.