Hope for the Future
They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord - the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more. Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
"So there is hope for your descendants,” declares the Lord. “Your children will return to their own land." (Jeremiah 31:13,17 NIV)
The eternal love of the Father not only restores us and brings us home but it is also a comforting love.
When we live without comfort it's a very barren place. Our heart is empty as it feels like everything we had has run out. As we are comforted the emptiness we feel is transformed. Our mourning is turned into gladness, our sorrow into joy. Strength and energy begin to return to our heart.
Without comfort there is hopelessness. In coming to our Father and letting his eternal love comfort us, we discover that our future has hope. Not only hope for us but for our descendants as well. A fruitful life is restored. He has good plans for us (Jer 29:11).
The covenant of eternal love reinforces and restates the relationship we have with the Father.
I will be their God, and they will be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33) or as we read in the New Testament:
I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. (2 Cor 6:18)
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