Daily Devotion – March 13, 2018


Jeremiah 31:31-34


The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt – a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. 


Reflection by Janet Derby


In looking at the Sunday school material for this week, I read this quote from Anne Lamott.


“There’s a lovely Hassidic story of a rabbi who always told his people that if they studied the Torah, it would put scripture on their hearts. One of them asked, ‘Why ON our hearts, and not IN them?’ The rabbi answered, ‘Only God can put Scripture inside. But reading sacred text can put it on your hearts, and then when your hearts break, the holy words will fall inside.'”

Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith


This is so true. I’ve never believed that learning Bible verses was important simply for the memorization of it. Rather, it allows the lessons of Scripture to become a part of our basic beliefs. It is what enables us to keep faith alive when times are difficult. Jeremiah understood this also. No set of rules will keep a relationship intact, it must be something deeper. When our sons were teens and were going out somewhere, their dad would say to them, “Remember who you are and whose you are.” Not a long list of rules about what they should and should not do. Just a simple reminder that they needed to behave appropriately as a representative of our family and as a Christian. This is only possible when we have God’s words written on our hearts.



Faithful God,
Help me to keep your covenant on my heart and to always remember that you are with me. Amen.


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