“At that time they will call Jerusalem ‘The Throne of the LORD,’ and all the nations will be gathered to it, to Jerusalem, for the name of the LORD; nor will they walk anymore after the stubbornness of their evil heart.” (3:17)
When I read passages like this, I let out a sigh of relief. The Old Testament prophets always spoke Hope for the Day God draws all nations to Himself.
Much of my ministry-related stress is that I can somehow let God down or accidentally foil His plan for the Salvation of humanity. Then I read this and He reassures me, “I didn’t let Israel mess it up for everyone, you don’t have that much power.” He is the One who does it. He is faithful to His promises. He is mighty to save.
He is full of grace, calling His adulterous people back. Something no human husband would ever tolerate. He is not like us and He is able to heal us at our core. All of us.
He invited us to trust Him, to remove our idols and be devoted. Not because He needs it, but because we need it.
Stubbornness has us flailing and wailing, quite foolishly and unnecessarily. How many times doesn He have to tell me to “Be still and know He is God and He will be exalted in the nations”, before I surrender?
My idols don’t fix things, my vices don’t soothe, I can’t really replace the God who created the world. Let’s return to Him, in trust and humility, today.