Today's devotion is based on Jeremiah 33:11 "The voice of joy and the voice of gladness … 'Praise the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for His mercy endures forever."
The Babylonians have destroyed the cities of Judah. The wind blows across empty places with no sign of life. All is lost, but then God speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, tells the people that they need to remember God's promise of redemption and restoration. They need to quit dwelling on the past and the present but praise God for what he will do in the future.
I love reading the Old Testament verses about redemption and restoration for God's promises to those people still apply to us today. We too, are not to dwell on the past or the troubles of the present but praise God for what he will do for us in the future.
Christ loves his church made up by multiple peoples who have been brought to faith by the Holy Spirit in the washing and words of baptism and are cleansed daily by these waters as they repent and are forgiven and presented spotless before the throne of God.
Please pray with me; Lord, you have been good to us as you have shown your enduring mercy through your saving death and brought us into your family through our baptism. You have taken us from desolation to joy, and we thank and praise you for your enduring love. Amen.