cover to cover – week thirty-four

a day is coming

 Jeremiah 30:12 –“This is what the Lord says: ” ‘Your wound is incurable, your injury beyond healing.”

We all have sin in our lives despite our best measures to be diligent in asking forgiveness. There is a prayer in the Book of Common Prayer that says,

“Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone…”

Even that still doesn’t cover the bases for us. We are hopelessly sin sick without a saving Christ. Our Sunday best is filthy rags before a holy Lord. There is nothing we can do to heal our brokenness, and thus, our separation from God, because His holiness demands purity. Purity will come in the form of a Savior whose blood is like a balm in Gilead that heals the sin-sick soul. Don’t be afraid, Jeremiah 30 tells us many times. He has a plan, a saving and beautiful plan that awaited Israel to reunite them unto Him. Alone we can do nothing. But with Him…what glorious things will be accomplished in and through us.

Jeremiah 31:21 –“Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take.”

Most of the weekend, at Siesta Fiesta, I could have retraced my steps by the trickling pieces of popped corn I has strewn behind me in most of my steps. Even yesterday, I laughed at the car wash because they give away complimentary popcorn, and I looked down and I had dropped a few pieces along the path I had taken. You’d think I was four. I’d like to blame it on the overstuffed bags, but who am I kidding?  This particular verse has been a “landmark” verse for me in my path toward Christ. It is so easy to take a wrong turn and be headed in another direction. It is so hard to stay the course. Jesus alone is the Way, the Truth and Life. Without the Way, there is no journey. Without the Truth, we live in darkness. Without the Life, we have nothing but an incurable wound, an injury beyond healing. I think of the verse in “Come Thou Fount” that says “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. Let Thy Goodness like a fetter bind my wandering heart to Thee.” I just realized this is one of those songs where I sing the wrong word…instead of fetter, I thought it was tether. Hmm. Either one Lord, tie me close to You.

Jeremiah 31:33-34 –“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “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. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord.”For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

One Day, we will all know which Way to go, seeing Him face to glorious Face. From the least to the greatest, all in the Lord will be healed of our incurable sin-sickness, living in the love and freedom of Christ Himself. What a Day that will be!

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7 thoughts on “cover to cover – week thirty-four

  1. Every time I sing the phrase, “Prone to wander,” and then what follows, my heart breaks again for my own sin and that of all of the human race. But his spirit in us that keeps us sensitive to that never condemns us. That’s wonderful. One of my favorite verses is the one that says, “whether you turn to the right or to the left, you will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.” I never want to turn away again.

  2. So…good! I just underlined yesterday the verse that said…they will ALL know me…I love that…it just gives me chills.

    Yes, I am so prone to wander…and I feel it…

    You bless me whenever you write…thank you!

    Looks like you had a great time at the Fiesta…so glad…keep basking in the afterglow!

  3. You blessed my heart. He knows we are prone to wander and He draws and woos us back, isn’t He wonderful. I am so thankful that He is the God of the second, third etc, chance. and not just the second chance. Blessings….

  4. I didn’t know what a fetter was until just now. “A chain used to restrain a prisoner, typically placed around the ankles.” I like tether, too! I am so prone to wander… I look forward to the day I see Him face to face! BTW: I’m not sure that was popcorn, spilled on the floor of your car! 🙂 Your insights continue to Bless me! Thanks for taking the time to do your Cover to Cover recap!
    Love you,
    Angie xoxo

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