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.


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