Today’s Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 31:33
“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel…I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
There is an amazing, everlasting covenant that is spoken of in the Scripture. It’s not just about a legal agreement; though law is a part of it. It’s not just about a commitment between one person and another; although intimacy is a part of it. It’s not even about some sort of contract or treaty made between one people and their leader; though national identity is part of it.
It’s the everlasting covenant between God and His people; the “house of Israel.” And, by a sort of adoption, there is a similar agreement between some Gentiles and God too.
It’s spoken of as a process by which God’s law is “written” on the minds of His people; “written” on their hearts as well.
It can’t be broken – because God has initiated the covenant. And God always keeps His promises.
That’s why ultimately; forgiveness and grace are also a big part of the picture.
I love the idea of having God’s law both in our minds and our hearts. It brings together reason and passion; intelligence and love in a particularly beautiful way.
God loves both our minds and our hearts.
Maybe that’s why Jesus says we are to love God with both.
Law is a tricky business. Just ask the lawyers.
It can be complicated; and convoluted.
But, in God’s divine economy, somehow very complicated things are simplified.
Know God. Believe God. Love God. And love others as you have been loved.
Simple enough – don’t you think?
Prayer: Father, thank you for putting your divine law in my mind – and my heart. AMEN.