As I promised a couple of weeks ago, here’s the other devotional I wrote for Newberry College’s annual Advent series. May it prove useful.
Jeremiah 31:31-34 (KJV)
31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
For those of us in the teaching business, one of the great satisfactions is when we see our students learning something. When the light comes on, we know they’ve figured it out, and it makes the struggles and mistakes that went before disappear. It’s a joy when someone “gets it.”
In today’s passage, God tells us that eventually, we’ll all get it. Have we made mistakes in the past? Yes, because we are who we are. But God keeps teaching us, keeps offering His lessons, and He promises that the day will come when we’ll understand them not just in our heads, but in our hearts. And when that happens, He says, all the struggles and mistakes, all our wrong answers, will disappear and be forgotten. As we draw nearer to our celebration of the birth of Christ, let us look forward to the day when we finally know what God has tried to teach us all along.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your gifts to us, and for the wisdom and joy You would teach us. And thank You most of all for the promise that we will be Your people, and that what we will know will erase the mistakes we made before. In the name of Your Son, our greatest Teacher, Amen.