Jeremiah 31:  33-34

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Needing to See

As human beings, we often need assurance about things we cannot see. “Seeing is believing” or “A picture is worth a thousand words” are well-worn phrases we have all heard.  From Moses bringing the Ten Commandments down from the mountain inscribed on stone tablets to each of us reading the words on this screen, we humans continue to both express and reinforce this need to “see.”

What Jeremiah suggests here is that when we have truly put our faith in God, then God will not only put his will for each of us in our hearts, but will forgive us of all of our sins.  Our need to “see” God will be superceded by the fact that we feel God deeply and personally in our being.  The Bible provides instruction then to help us make decisions in how we live our daily life.  Our need to “see” becomes a need to do, share, love and be God’s children—not perfect, but forgiven.

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Prayer:  Gracious God, we want to see you.  We want to believe.  Transform our desire into loving relationships with you, our self and others.

Polly Van Rensburg

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