You are loved
Today's devotion is based on the second half of Jeremiah31:3 "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."
God does not give up on his people. His love is everlasting, and his kindness is unfailing. He has proved this as we read the history of the Jewish nation in the Old Testament. And yet, they turned their backs on him, preferring to worship other gods, such as the golden calf and fertility gods like Baal in Canaan. To bring the Israelites back to him, he disciplined them, but he always promised to restore them.
In many ways, our western societies are like the Israelites of old, turning their backs on God and worshipping ourselves, knowledge, and achievements. We have 'itching ears' for every new 'ism' that pervades our society.
The good news is that God does not give up on us. When the prevailing ideology of the world tempts us to turn away from him, God reminds us that he loves us with everlasting love. We are his baptized children, and he will never let go of us. Praise God for his unfailing kindness.
Please pray with me; Loving Father, your love for me is constant and unfailing. Forgive me for the times I have not been consistent in my love for you. Restore me through your word and sacraments to strengthen my faith and love. In Jesus' blessed name, I pray. Amen.