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Pastor’s Note

What God Loves to Do

What is something you absolutely love to do? What brings joy to your heart? If it was your birthday and you got to design the day, what would it include? Perhaps watching the sunset at the beach. Maybe reading a favorite book with your child. Traveling to new parts of the world. Napping on the porch during a thunderstorm. Curling up to watch a movie with your special someone. … Whatever it is for you, it gives you great delight; you can’t wait to go there, do that, or be with them again soon!

What’s on that list for God? What gives him deep delight? What can God not get enough of, so to speak? Blessing the undeserving. Doing good to you. Grace! Perhaps you have heard that before, but let it sink in again today. I was reading in Jeremiah the other day, and it just about knocked me over: God says, “I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul” (Jer. 32:41). The Bible doesn’t use this kind of language for God often, but here it discloses God’s wholehearted commitment and deep joy in doing something—doing good to his people.

Now lest you think God is playing favorites and rewarding all the “good kids,” let me give you a little broader context for this verse. For the better part of 31 chapters, Jeremiah has bemoaned the evil, the idolatry, the adultery, the abominations of God’s people. He has prophesied discipline, exile, wrath, and pain for God’s people because of their persistent sin. In chapter 32 itself, we read that God’s people have done “nothing but evil,” have “aroused his anger,” have indulged in “vile” and “detestable” activities (read Jeremiah for details).

In other words, God has made it abundantly clear that what the people have earned is not blessing but cursing, not good but evil, not his delight but his wrath. And yet it is those very people—who could rightly feel they have disobeyed God, discouraged God, disappointed God—whom God rejoices in blessing! Deep in his gracious heart, God absolutely delights to bless the undeserving! It gives him great joy not merely to mete out just deserts but to pour his riches out upon the poorest! The wrath and curse of God are borne by Jesus on the cross in our place, so that we receive the blessing and love of the Father in Jesus’ place!

In fact, the fuller passage here displays even more amazing promises: “They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul” (Jer. 32:38-41).

God doesn’t want to bless them from a distance; no, he wants a relationship with them! He wants to set up a trust fund for their kids, he longs to change their hearts, he passionately commits never to stop doing good to them … ever! Did someone twist his arm? Did he want a tax write-off for charitable giving? No! This is who our God is: his generous, extravagant, abundantly gracious character is such that blessing the undeserving delights him as your favorite activity delights you. Blessing the undeserving is his choice activity, his hobby (if you will), the deep delight of his heart.

Some days I’m convinced God is disappointed in me or even “out to get me.” Some days I just forget how incredibly gracious he is, and I need to see the cross and be reminded how much he loves me and delights in blessing such an undeserving person. Maybe you could use a reminder, too. “They will be my people, and I will be their God. … I will never stop doing good to them. … I will rejoice in doing them good … with all my heart and all my soul.”