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“For I am with you and will save you,” says the Lord. “I will completely destroy the nations where I have scattered you, but I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you, but with justice; I cannot let you go unpunished.”” Jeremiah‬ ‭30:11‬

This verse is a bittersweet promise for us. On the one hand, we have the promise of God that he will save us.

When Jeremiah wrote this to the people of Israel they were going through very dark time in their life. God was nowhere to be found He seemed to have abandoned them.

The reason for the abandonment was because of the lifestyle they were living, and the lifestyle of those who had gone before them. They were living against God‘s word and as a result were the reason for God’s perceived abandonment.

But here, God promises the Israelites that he will deliver them from the darkness. The time of their testing will come to an end. In the future the pain will be a distant memory.

However, those who have mistreated God’s people; those who had abused them; those who have mocked him and his followers? They will meet their painful, destructive reward.

He is a just God. He is a good God. But because he is good and just, he must discipline his children.

The pain we must go through is temporary. The lessons we learn can become the source of our strength.

When it seems like God has abandoned you, ask him this question. What is it Lord that you want me to learn.

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