Friday, 30 August 2019
Jeremiah 31:28 And it shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring harm, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, declares the LORD.
Here the Lord is speaking about the house of Israel and the house of Judah. Just as judgement has come - because of sin - so, in turn, restoration will come when they are restored to the Land and to peace and security. However, the words also remind us of another set of verses in Scripture:
Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up ...
God's timing is everything and while in human terms we may look around and wonder what on earth is going on, God's timing and purposes are always right. Is life endlessly tough for you in these days? Be encouraged that God's time for blessing will yet come and He will "restore the years that the locusts have eaten" (Joel 2:25).