“‘This is the covenant I will make…,’ declares the LORD. ‘I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.’”

Jeremiah 31:33

God’s Word gives us hope, guidance, and truth. It illuminates our hearts and minds. People all around us are searching the world desperately for this kind of hope and direction. And it can be found any time in our Bibles.

Through Jeremiah, God was informing Israel that He was now writing His law internally rather than externally. He wanted all people—“from the least of them to the greatest” (v. 34)—to have access to Him. God’s grace chooses to free people from their sinfulness and be reconciled to Him: “I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more” (v. 34).

I recall seeing how precious the Word of God is from one of our Far East Broadcasting Company radio programs to China decades ago. The Bible was read in Chinese at dictation speed so that listeners could copy verses to memorize and discreetly pass along to others. At that time Bibles were not available in China, so if someone was caught with one, the punishment was severe. Yet people would risk listening just to hear the precious name of Jesus.




Scripture Focus

Jeremiah 31:23-34

Insight

May God’s Word live, reverberate, and flourish in us! “My heart stands in awe of Your word” (Psalm 119:161b, NKJV).

Bible In A Year

  • 1 Samuel 26-27
  • Psalm 133
  • Galatians 3-4