“Take yet another scroll and write on it all the former words that were in the first scroll which Jehoiakim the king of Judah has burned” Jer 36:28.
“I will have a Venti Caramel Macchiato”, and just like that I would pay the barista, walk over to the side counter, and wait for my drink (without any idea as to what I had just ordered). That’s right my dear reader, I was “that person”.
The first time I went to Starbucks and ordered something that wasn’t a frappucino, I chose a venti caramel macchiato. My thought process was quite simple: look for the most elaborate item on the menu. That day I chose Venti (fancy word for large) caramel (safe tasting choice) macchiato (fanciest word on the menu). A venti caramel macchiato became my “go to” Starbucks order, and for years (2yrs) I had no idea what I was drinking. Thankfully a few years later, thanks to Pinterest, I learned the definition of a macchiato (or at least the Starbucks version).
(Oxford Dictionary Definition:)
Macchiato: espresso with a dash of frothy steamed milk.
Espresso: strong black coffee made by forcing steam through ground coffee beans.
(Pinterest Definition:) “Tadah!”
[The Starbucks version is the “latte macchiato” on the chart].
So as illustrated on the chart, what I was ordering was a large cup of two different forms of milk with a shot of espresso. I was basically drinking espresso flavored layered milk! But how often do we really know what we are ordering? The barista knows, but we (most likely) have no idea what is in our drink (with the exception of all the coffee connoisseurs out there). All we know is one ingredient: coffee.
Similarly, how often do we know the details to God’s plan for our lives? All we know is one word: love. But even that may not always look like love.. to us.
One of my favorite passages about the LORD’s sovereignty is illustrated in Jeremiah. In the beginning of chapter 36, the LORD commands Jeremiah to write a scroll (Jer 36:2). The scroll is written and read, but king Jehoiakim burns the scroll (36:3-26). At first you think, “well, there’s the end to that scroll!”, but in verse 28 the LORD commands Jeremiah to re-write the scroll.
-Wow! What an example about what God says goes!
-Great I AM!
At least this was my first interpretation of the passage. Think of this as my years ordering a caramel macchiato. I didn’t fully “get it”, but a few months ago the LORD changed that and opened up my mind to something much deeper and sweeter. This new discovery only intensified my connection to the passage.
–Why was the LORD so sovereign? I know He is all powerful the Most Highest, but what was the importance of the scroll?
-Was it just wrath, fire, brimstone for the iniquities of His people?
-For a prophecy to be fulfilled?
And as I pondered all these questions the LORD lead me to the root of His sovereignty, love. His love for His children is the root of His sovereign ways. God’s love was the reason why the scroll was re-written. Jeremiah 36:3 states the purpose for the scroll,
“It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the adversities which I purpose to bring upon them, that everyone may turn from his evil way, that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin”.
The LORD was giving His people an opportunity for forgiveness. King Jehoiakim burned the scroll, and in response the LORD gave them a second opportunity. How sweet is His love!? God’s mercy, compassion, and love was so great that He had Jeremiah rewrite the scroll. And even though captivity and calamity took place over His people, after 70 years had passed He brought them back to a new land. What was once there had been completely destroyed allowing for something new to take its place “to give them a hope and a future” (Jer 29:11).
This is the part where we learn what is in a macchiato. We learn that the drink is layered and at the center of it there is espresso; which is just a variation of coffee. Compare this to the text in Jeremiah, at the center was sovereignty the LORD’s will stood firm but this was all rooted in love. To us it may look different, taste different, but God is the good Father. He loves us and a Father wants what is best for His child. Our best interest is in His heart. The only way to give His people a new start was to remove the old to make way for the new.
I want to encourage you dear one, do not be deceived or discouraged by your ears or eyes. God loves you dearly. If He has promised you something or lead you to a dream cling to Him and seek His word. He is on the throne. His thoughts and His ways are not like ours they are far greater and higher. Trust Him. He sees the big picture. Delight in Him. Enjoy the process. His Word stands true and His love for you is relentless nothing can overcome it nothing can separate it. God’s promise for you is rooted in His love for you. Keep going, keep walking for He has great plans for you “to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
I hope and pray that this post will breathe hope and rest into your heart, mind, and soul. As always, thank you for reading I appreciate you dear reader and Remember:
In His abounding love,