Last night I was reading in Jeremiah 3, where the Lord gave me another glimpse into how He feels about our relationship with Him and how much He desires to bless and show us His goodness!
Jeremiah 3:11 Then the Lord said to me, “Even faithless Israel is less guilty than treacherous Judah!
Jeremiah 3:12 Therefore, go and say these words to Israel, `This is what the Lord says: O Israel, my faithless people, come home to me again, for I am merciful. I will not be angry with you forever.
Jeremiah 3:13 Only acknowledge your guilt. Admit that you rebelled against the Lord your God and committed adultery against him by worshiping idols under every green tree. Confess that you refused to follow me. I, the Lord, have spoken!’ ”
Jeremiah 3:14 “Return home, you wayward children,” says the Lord, “for I am your husband. I will bring you again to the land of Israel-one from here and two from there, from wherever you are scattered.
Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you leaders after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding.
Jeremiah 3:16 “And when your land is once more filled with people,” says the Lord, “you will no longer wish for `the good old days’ when you possessed the Ark of the Lord’s covenant. Those days will not be missed or even thought about, and there will be no need to rebuild the Ark.
Jeremiah 3:17 In that day Jeremiahusalem will be known as The Throne of the Lord. All nations will come there to honor the Lord. They will no longer stubbornly follow their own evil desires.
Jeremiah 3:18 In those days the people of Judah and Israel will return together from exile in the north. They will return to the land I gave their ancestors as an inheritance forever.
Jeremiah 3:19 “I thought to myself, `I would love to treat you as my own children!’ I wanted nothing more than to give you this beautiful land-the finest inheritance in the world. I looked forward to your calling me `Father,’ and I thought you would never turn away from me again.
Jeremiah 3:20 But you have betrayed me, you people of Israel! You have been like a faithless wife who leaves her husband,” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 3:21 Voices are heard high on the windswept mountains, the weeping and pleading of Israel’s people. For they have forgotten the Lord their God and wandered far from his ways.
Jeremiah 3:22 “My wayward children,” says the Lord, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.”…
Quoted from the New Living Translation (NLT).