“Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel!” – Jeremiah 31:4
Jeremiah chapters 30-33, known as the “Book of Consolation” describe to us the promises of restoration of Israel to their true God. They have been serving false gods and as a result, turned away from their Maker. And at one time God had called them “harlots” and “prostitutes” but here He calls them virgin once again! How amazing that is!
The wording used here paints a very vivid picture for us. Virginity is something you cannot get back once you have given it away. Spiritually speaking, the people had given their “virginity” away. But God says, “I will make you like new, as if you never sinned!” The same loving God in the Old Testament is the same loving God in the New Testament.
The Apostle Paul, in the book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus (God in flesh) came down that He “might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9). He died so we might have true life when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Paul goes on to write, “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.” Jesus is the only God who got off of His throne, humbled Himself and who understands us and what we go through.
We may be at a place in life where we sense our spirituality is lacking. Maybe we have been giving our spiritual purity over to things that leave us empty inside every time. And maybe we feel there is no hope. Jesus, when He was speaking to Nicodemus told him that he must be “born again” (John 3). We must be born again spiritually in-order to be pure again with the Lord. That is the only way to be restored and receive all the promises of God. Be restored with Jesus today and know that you have been made right with Him.
“It is rewarding to believe in a Christianity that really changes men and women. In that great day of Christ’s coming, all that will matter is whether we have been inwardly illuminated, inwardly regenerated, inwardly purified! The question is: do we really know Jesus in this way?” – A.W. Tozer