Jeremiah 31:25 – Verse of the Day 2/11/15
Try to imagine the most difficult job or task that you can. If you were paid for that job, how much money do you think you would deserve? Now imagine that you received that payment without even doing the work. Finally, imagine that you were even paid far more than you would have deserved if you had done the work yourself. This should give you a small understanding of what salvation is like.
This verse comes from God’s promise of a New Covenant in Jeremiah 31. The people of Israel were in exile because they failed to do the work that God had called them to under the Old Covenant, but in spite of their failure they still had reason to hope. Because of his covenant of grace God promised to restore them to the Promised Land as a sign of their ultimate restoration to His eternal heavenly dwelling place. We have been unfaithful just like Israel, and we do not deserve our heavenly reward. Yet God promises to give it to all who have faith in Him anyway because we are saved by grace and not by works!
Thank the Lord for the hope that you have in Christ. As you pray, consider the beauty and consistency of God’s covenant promises. Thank the Lord that salvation depends upon Him and not ourselves, and thank the Lord for the hope that He has given us through His Son.