The survivors of Judah will find pasture on it; at twilight they will lie down in the houses of Ashkelon, for the LORD their God will visit them, restoring their prosperity.”
In the bible many prophets speak about the remnant few who always stay faithful to the Lord. They usually suffer or go through hardships, but the Lord always restores to them of all that was lost. In this way the faithful stay safe and the covenant of Abraham’s descendants is not broken.
“Look, I’ve made a covenant with you. You will be the father of many nations. 5 Your name is no longer to be Abram. Instead your name will be Abraham, since I’ll make you the father of many nations. 6 I’m going to cause you to have many descendants, and I’ll bring nations from you. Kings will come from you. 7 I’m establishing my covenant between me and you, and with your descendants who come after you, generation after generation, as an eternal covenant, to be your God and your descendants’ God after you. 8 I’ll give to you and to your descendants the land to which you have traveled—all the land of Canaan—as an eternal possession. I will be their God.”
This promise was not only for the Jews, but for everyone that believes in Abraham’s God. This was taught by Paul to the gentiles in Romans 4:12. What an amazing thing to understand as a believer! God knows who His faithful servants are and knows that each and everyone of us will go through hardships and tribulations. However, to stay faithful to Him, we must never lose faith in our Heavenly Father.
“Rather, this is the covenant that I’ll make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD. “I’ll put my Law within them and will write it on their hearts. I’ll be their God and they will be my people.
The old covenant that was constantly broken by the disobedient Israelites was fulfilled and replaced by the new covenant through Jesus Christ. This covenant had the foundation of Jesus as taught in Hebrews 8:6. God’s law is written in the hearts of His believers and not in stone anymore. Jeremiah like many prophets were waiting for the day of the Messiah. Thanks to Jesus Christ, He sacrificed himself as the lamb to carry all of our sins to restore our relationship with God. We have a personal relationship now with God that was lost when Adam and Eve sinned. We now live in a state of grace instead of under the law. Jesus’s sacrifice was the last sacrifice needed, that is why we have no need for animal sacrifices. We just have a relationship with our Heavenly Father directly.
1 Peter 3:14
But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. “Never be afraid of their threats, and never get upset. 15 Instead, exalt the Messiah” as Lord in your lives. Always be prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you to explain the hope you have. 16 But do this gently and respectfully, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak evil of your good conduct in the Messiah will be ashamed of slandering you.
God never promised us a stress free or easy life, on the contrary, He knows the faithful will be treated badly at times. However, those who keep the love of God and the word of God in their hearts will be rewarded in the end. We have the opportunity to be the remnant few. The only thing standing in your way is you and how true your faith is. 1 Peter 3:14 tells us that even when suffering for doing good, we will be blessed. There will be people who tempt you or challenge your faith, and you should never argue or fight them. Tell them your testimony which is your truth. It may not be immediate, but they will know they are wrong in the end. Regardless you are blessed, because being saved you have life everlasting. You will be the chosen few!
When I was medically separated from the Marine Corps and lost my house and then my wife was diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia, at first I was asking God “why us.” We went to church, but then I realized I did not fully give my faith up to God. It wasn’t until I figured that out that I learned what I lost was just material possessions. By my wife becoming ill, I was able to build a relationship with her again. We were not in the best of places in our marriage. Now, we are each other’s best friend. After all of our suffering and all that was lost, I realized I was blessed. It takes time for people to grasp that concept. Our treasure is the love of God, and the love of our family. Our treasure are not the material possessions we obtain while alive, but life everlasting after we die. After everything that has happened to me and my family, with the help of God changing my perspective on what is valuable, I was able to understand that I want to be a part of the remnant. No matter what I gain or lose in life does not dictate my true treasures and blessings. Some people learn this lesson after losing everything like me, and others learn this lesson without losing everything. In the end, it all comes down to you and your perspective. No one can change that for you.
I pray that today’s lesson helps you all today. God bless you all!