Jeremiah 16: 14 “However, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ 15 but it will be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ For I will restore them to the land I gave their ancestors.
Throughout the book of Jeremiah there is condemnation and judgment which can honestly sound very hopeless and frightening on the surface.
One angle of perspective I consider is that God is patient in his course correction. The root of all evil is a heart turned away from God. We know God’s commands are in place to produce order and goodness in us and align us to our design. We prosper under God’s commands.
The second angle of perspective is that although God course corrects and may unlesh His judgement, He always promises to redeem. We see it countless times in the Old Testament with His Israel. Prophets of old tell of God’s coming restoration in a Messiah. Those promises are fulfilled in Jesus.
Today we live in the glory that is promises fulfilled and mercy given.