4 Minute Read + Scripture readings

Today’s Bible Reading:

Judges 17
Acts 21
Jeremiah 30-31
Mark 16

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Jeremiah 31:33 (CSB): “ ‘Instead, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days’ — the LORD’s declaration. ‘I will put my teaching within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.’ ”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

When I was a young boy, I remember singing a song that I didn’t bother to understand. Honestly, I was bored with it. Yet, now, I think on that song’s lyrics every now and then and agree with those words.

This world is not my home I’m just a passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

As I live longer, observe and experience pain and injustice, and as I grow in my relationship with Jesus, I can’t wait to go home to be with Him one day! While Jesus is to be admired and praised for not holding onto His Heavenly rights and privileges so that He could come to earth, I’m ready to let go of my position here on earth so that I can be with the Lord in Heaven.

I’m not saying that I’m ready to take the next flight. I love my wife and children and wouldn’t mind being a godly influence on my children and future grandchildren. I’m just saying that I’m fine with it when God calls me home.

The primary reason I’m looking forward to Heaven is because Jesus is there. Yet, if I didn’t have a heart that was capable of enjoying Him, Heaven would be disappointing. I desperately want a heart that has been changed and is free to find incredible delight in Jesus’ presence forever. That’s what we read in the verse I have chosen for today.

Jeremiah 31:33 (CSB): “ ‘Instead, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days’ — the LORD’s declaration. ‘I will put my teaching within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.’ ”

While this verse focused most immediately on the New Covenant and New Birth that Jesus would make possible, it won’t reach its fullest meaning until we arrive in our Heavenly home.

Just think! One day, those of us who have rested in the finished work of Christ on the cross and are, therefore, in submission to His authority over our lives as King Jesus, we will one day be perfected. No more sin nature. No more temptation. Only righteousness. And with that pure, perfected heart, we will enjoy Jesus forever!

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Lord Jesus, I long to be with you. Maybe even like the Apostle Paul, I’m torn between desiring to be with You and staying on earth to fulfill Your purposes for me (Philippians 1:23-24). I just want to thank You so much that while I seek to live an obedient, faithful, fruitful life for You, I will one day get to enjoy You forever. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

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