This remembered promise (v1-3) forms the background to the Book of Revelation. The storms of the Lord are not wilful, feral or sadistic. (verses 23,24) Verses 18-21 contain the purpose of His storms. Trust Him, for, in days to come, you will eventually understand.
* Mighty God, please show us more of who You are today from Your word.
“And you shall be my people, and I will be your God.”
These are words of much hope!
Words which the loud voice from the great white throne takes up in Revelation chapter 21,
“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.”
God’s message of hope is the same for us today as it was for Israel in exile.
A message for our good!
Temporally in the _now_ we have the assurance of salvation in Jesus, Him and Him alone.
This is a hope that nothing else can give us, a wonder that no other can give.
Eternally in the _not yet_, we have the hope and blessed promise of life with God Himself, the bride/church and groom/Christ joined in perfect union. God having made all things new.
Let us be encouraged – We are loved! God is preparing a place for us. We will one day be restored in full.
* Father God,
Our pain and problem is uncurable apart from You. We cannot fix it ourselves.
But through Jesus You restore our fortunes, You restore health to us, You heal our wounds.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!