“They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion,
And they will be radiant over the bounty of the LORD—
Over the grain and the new wine and the oil,
And over the young of the flock and the herd;
And their life will be like a watered garden,
And they will never languish again.” ~ Jeremiah 31:12
Jeremiah is a bit like a roller coaster–a really, really scary roller coaster. Deep valleys are penned in his prophesies. Promises of gloom–discipline met out to a stubborn and adulterous people. Captivity, destruction and despair is coming. Be warned, he writes, know that God sees your life, has taken note that you refuse to live for Him, and will deal severely with His rebellious son.
And then we come across these precious promises, such as 31:12. “Their life will be like a watered garden, and they will never languish again.”
I must confess that I cheat when I read a book–it drives my husband nuts. I have a habit of reading the first few pages and then flipping to the end. I know, it’s just wrong, but I don’t want to waste my time with something that doesn’t end well. I have to know that the conclusion will be satisfying before I’m willing to commit to the ups and downs of an unfolding plot.
Which makes me super thankful for the Word of God when it comes to the unravelling story of life.
Destruction isn’t the end. Discipline isn’t the final chapter. The conclusion of the story comes to life.
This is profound. Our living and doing looks a bit like that roller coaster. Life twists and turns, takes us high and dunks us into deep lows. Sometimes it feels random. Sometimes it feels yucky. But Jesus told His disciples that he has come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
He has come that I may have life. Abundantly. Does anyone else need to hear that today?