The immanence of God has always been a desire for people since time immemorial. Finding God who dwells among the people would mean problems of access to divine favor are reduced. This Being, known as Jesus Christ, was recognized as God incarnate by some who received and believed in Him....
God, help us to be part of your persuasive and gracious plan you have provided to treat the transgressions of the world, Amen.
The readings for this week are full of praise for God’s gift of Jesus Christ and an emphasis on human helplessness apart from God. Jeremiah portrays an exiled people’s despair turning to joy at their restoration. The psalmist proclaims God’s power to protect and provide for God’s people, and Paul’s letter to the Ephesians explains that God’s will from the beginning has been for our adoption as God’s children through Christ. Praise and thanksgiving to God are the common and appropriate responses to all these mighty acts of God.
Read Jeremiah 31:7-14. How have you been restored by God’s kindness?
Read Psalm 147:12-20. In what ways have you experienced God strengthening and restoring you?
Read Ephesians 1:3-14. How do you set your hope on Christ? How do you live differently because of that hope?
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