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. Devotion by Janet Derby When you try to start a new practice, whether it is exercise, dieting, journaling, or daily prayer, you often have to do something to remind you to do it or keep you accountable. Nowadays, there are apps that will assist with that. There are even apps that will remind you to pause or breathe. After a while, those reminders or apps become unnecessary as the practice becomes a routine. You find you no longer need to enter what you eat into the app because you know how you should be eating. You don’t have to set an alarm to remind you to pray because it is a regular part of your day. I think that is similar to the Scripture passages I had for this month. The first one I wrote about was part of the ten commandments. Here, Jeremiah is telling us that God will make a new covenant with the people because they will no longer need to articulate those commands. It is not that they should no longer follow those rules. It is that those rules will be written in their hearts and become a part of their very being. Prayer
Faithful and Forgiving God, Thank you for putting your law in our hearts. Help me to continue to develop the spiritual disciplines that allow me to know you and love you. Amen.