Reading: “Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown”—Jeremiah 2:2

Pause over this condescending token of God’s love to Israel; and see whether it does not hold for us a blessed encouragement. Israel had been most undeserving; but yet the Lord would put Israel in remembrance, by assuring His people that He remembered their love when God first formed Israel into a people.

When He led them into the wilderness, and married Israel, they sung the praise of Jehovah in their love-songs, on the day of their espousals. “Now,” the Lord says, “I remember thee in these things; for these were tokens of affection when thou wentest after me in following the pillar of cloud through the desert; in trusting to a harvest, though as yet the land was not sown.”

And may we interpret this precious portion with application to ourselves. Does God remember me in the first awakenings of His grace? The very recollection of what I was then, and how He called me, and made my time a time of love; and how He passed by, and bid me live, and cleansed me, and took me to Himself, and made me His for ever; these thoughts refresh the soul anew.

Look at this blessed scripture. Hear what God says to Israel, in a time of Israel’s coldness. See how God’s love was not changed, though Israel’s was so abated. Christian, are you conscious of the same? Are you lamenting your coldness? Are you desiring and waiting for some renewed token of thy Jesus’ love? Are you waiting for the whispers of His grace? Here it is—“I remember, though thou hast forgotten the day of thine espousals.” Oh the wonderful condescension of the Son of God!

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2014.