Thursday, May 07, 2020

Dudley-Smith: in His heart and mind

Thursday, May 7, 2020
    [The LORD:] If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever.
    —Jeremiah 7:5-7 (NIV)
And what am I, to know
your promises, your mercies, your grace, your love?
Suppose my heart is (as I can only too well believe)
hard, unfruitful, deep, deceitful—is that beyond the power
of the fingers that made the heavens?

O, majestic Lord, you care for me,
you have me in your mind and heart.
In that I rest.
    ... Timothy Dudley-Smith (b. 1926), Someone Who Beckons: readings and prayers for 60 days, InterVarsity Press, 1978, p. 29 (see the book)
    See also Jer.7:5-7; 17:9; Heb. 3:12-13; 4:1,11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You make me able to believe.

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