God Desperately Loves Us
“ I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul” Jeremiah 32:40-41.
My senior year of college I started forcing myself to read through the bible: a chapter of New and a chapter of Old each day, with a Psalm thrown in for fun.
Now, on my fourth or fifth time painfully (and I mean painfully) crawling my way through the Old Testament, it has finally clicked: not only is this the same God as the New Testament version most modern Christians like to focus exclusively on, but this history reveals maybe even a deeper, more intricate kind of love than I could ever learn from the New Testament alone.
Within the context of the entire bible, I realize the story of God is one He tries to tell us over and over through thousands of years, eventually leading to physically showing us through the life and death of Jesus Christ.
God desperately loves us. Anytime he was angry or vengeful in the Old Testament, the second someone would turn back to Him and ask for His help, that anger would dissipate, replaced by grace and mercy. Again and again the Israelites rebel against God, and again and again He saves them. Like a Father disciplining His toddler, He seems to be in pain while He punishes His people to teach them. At the slightest sign of contrition He opens His arms wide with a sigh of relief.
God of old and new, I want to rest in your arms. May we stop struggling and call for you.
WRITTEN BY SARAH WITMER