God says that He often speaks against His dear son, “the child in whom [He] delights;” most likely due to this child’s straying, then finding himself “ashamed and humiliated” even to the point of beating his breast. God says, “Though I often speak against him, I still remember him.” God reminds that He does not forget or abandon His child. He declares, “My heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him.” (Jeremiah 31:19,20; NIV)
For His own sake, according to His own justice, God tells His children to:
“Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take.” (Jeremiah 31:21)
The road we take as Christians is not the broad and easy one that so many people stroll along. Rather, the road is narrow, sometimes steep, rough, difficult to follow. If we stumble or even fall off the road, God Himself declares He remembers us. We may even forget Him for a while, but He does not abandon us for this is contrary to His nature. God the Father promises:
“I refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” (Jeremiah 31:25)
“I forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34)
“Is not Ephraim My dear son, the child in whom I delight?” (Jeremiah 31:20)
Thank You dear Father God for Your mercy-beyond-our-understanding. May we always delight in You; may we follow Your guideposts and road signs, and keep note of which highway we travel. In Jesus’ Name, amen.