“And my people will be filled with my bounty,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 31:14)
Just as our cars need to be filled with fuel to keep running, you and I must be filled with God’s grace (fuel), His bounty, in order to keep doing what He has called us to do.
So . . . are you filled with the bounty of the Lord? Or do you feel a bit like you are running on empty?
Notice in the verse above from the prophet Jeremiah that the word “my” appears twice; these two words are as encouraging as they are equipping. God is making a promise to “my people” . . . the people whom He sought, caught, and bought with His precious blood. These are the people He has claimed as His own.
Is that you today? It is if you have believed the Gospel and received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior . . . if you have placed your trust in Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone, for the glory of God alone . . . if you recognize that you cannot save yourself and have, by God’s grace, transferred your trust from yourself to your Savior . . . if these phrases describe you, you are part of God’s “my.”
God also speaks of “my bounty.” He is not referring to a bounty of the world, rooted in power, position, prosperity, pleasure, or prestige. Rather, God’s bounty is rooted in God Himself. When God says, “my people” He is saying we are His portion. When God says, “my bounty” God is saying He is our portion. He is satisfied with us and we are to be satisfied in Him. It is in Him that we find everything we need. God is our Faithful “Filling Station,” and you can be fully assured that He will never take a day off or run out of the fuel we need to do what He has called us to do.
Think about it this way: God has promised to fill us with His bounty. If His bounty will not satisfy us, what will? We all run to things smaller than God to find our filling from time to time. But if we are honest, we would freely admit that we are left more empty after our worldly wandering than we were before. No matter how many times we go to the wells of this world, we are never filled to satisfaction, and each time we try to get filled apart from God, it takes more and more to reach the previous level of filling.
May this year be different than last year! May we rest in God’s first “my,” knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39). And may we rest in God’s second “my,” knowing that our God has promised to meet our every need in the glorious riches of Christ Jesus. There is only one Faithful Filling Station—and He is our Faithful Savior!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!