One of the keys to refuelling, as we will discover, is increasing your ability to absorb, appreciate and appropriate the life-giving promises of Scripture. As a starting point I want you to receive hope by finding a quiet space and meditating on Jeremiah 31:25, where God says:
“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”
At the time this promise was given, God’s people were going into a period of captivity. The prophet Jeremiah’s heart was broken because people were unaware of the misery that awaited them because they were unwilling to return to God. But God wanted them to know that this was not the final chapter for his people. God reminded Jeremiah that there was a time of restoration coming for them. Jeremiah, and the people of God, needed to know that in the end God would tend to the heart of each person that had become discouraged and depleted through what they had experienced.
In the meantime, they were to meditate on and anticipate the fulfillment of each promise that was on its way towards them. By these assurances and promises (found in Jeremiah 31:3-5 & 9-14) they would be nourished and sustained:
- You have been the object of His care up to this point– “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
- You will continue to experience His undying commitment to you– “Therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”
- You will be personally rebuilt by God– “Again I will build you, and you shall be built.”
- You will have your joy restored– “Again you shall adorn yourself with tambourines and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.”
- You will prosper and be provided for– “The planters shall plant and shall enjoy the fruit… I will make them walk by brooks of water.”
- You will be secure and stable– “…in a straight path in which they shall not stumble”.
- You will be fathered and kept by God– “For I am a father to Israel… (I) will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.”
- You will be delivered by God- “For the Lord has ransomed Jacob
and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.”
- You will be revived– “and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord… their life shall be like a watered garden, and they shall languish no more.”
- You will see a great exchange– “I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.”
- You will have a full and satisfied soul– “I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, declares the Lord.”
Think about that. Each one of them that were shattered by oppression would have God personally attend to them and faithfully nourish them back to full strength. They had a reason to hope.
I also want you to notice the response that Jeremiah has to these comforting truths. He believed that the promises were true and would be fulfilled, so Jeremiah awoke revitalized and re-energized- “At this I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me” (Jer. 31:26).
Such is the power of believing and internalizing the truth of God’s words to us. When you really get it, you begin to live in the benefit of that truth even before the fulfillment of the truth. Even now, allow the promise of restoration to your soul to begin to lift and sustain you. Allow the ability of God to redeem and ransom to begin to increase your joy. Allow hope to rise that the everlasting God will renew your strength. If you tap into the resources that God has provided- your tank will be full again.