“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord before all ages, now and forevermore. Amen.”Jude 1: 24-25
There are many things that I love about God. Even the things I do not like, I love. Or at least have grown to appreciate these things as I mature in Christ. His multifaceted nature never ceases to amaze and leave me in wonder! One of the things that I loved discovering and never quite left my mind last year was Gods commitment to reconciling us (or restoring) and bringing us closer to Himself. He has created us for Himself. He is preparing us for Himself. We have been created to delight and take pleasure in Him.
In his book ‘Desiring God’ (2019), John Piper calls this relentless pursuit from God and “divine work”, regeneration. He says that we will not repent and believe unless God does His work to overcome our hard and rebellious hearts. Regeneration is the natural process of replacing or restoring damaged or missing cells, tissues, organs, and even entire body parts to full function. The organ that God mostly focuses on is the heart, because out of the heart flows the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick (Jeremiah 17:9). What I found to be so exciting and comforting is that with Jesus being the healer and with God’s intimate knowledge and experience with the human heart, anyone and everyone has a good chance of having their hard and rebellious hearts being restored. One of God’s greatest desires is reconciling us to Him. This, to me, is one of many things that makes God so great and His otherness incomparable. I mean… who does that! Who goes around pursuing people whose hearts have turned against them?
Again, in his book, John Piper explains this mystery by saying that we need to first experience the regeneration work of the Holy Spirit. He says that the Bible is filled with scriptures of God promising to devote Himself to this work, to create for Himself a faithful people (Deuteronomy 30:6, Jeremiah 24:7, Ezekiel 11: 19-20). Why? Without this “spiritual heart transplant” we will not know how to love and obey God. We are not able to do it through our own power or strength.
“For this is the covenant that I will make with you after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”Jeremiah 33:31
This revelation of God’s unwavering commitment to reconciling us and restoring our hearts has been such an affirmation to the work that we do with Superbook. Working alongside the Holy Spirit in fulfilling Jeremiah 31:33. We provide children and parents alike with an exciting, media reach and immersive experience of the Bible so that His law may be within them, so that it may be written on their hearts.
God is for us and He is committed to restoring our hearts so that we may love and obey Him.
Written by Yolanda Magida, Superbook Manager