Is Ephraim my dear son?
Is he my darling child?
For as often as I speak against him,
I do remember him still.
Therefore my heart yearns for him;
I will surely have mercy on him
declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 31:20, English Standard Version
I was speaking to a friend recently who is Dutch. He named one of his children Saintja, (I think that is how it is spelled) which has been in his family for a long time. Ending a girl's name with "ja" means, "my darling daughter." What a reminder to his daughter throughout her entire life that she is her mother and her father's darling daughter.
Jeremiah reminds us in chapter 31 that Ephraim is God's darling child. When Ephraim went astray, God's heart yearned for Him, declaring, "I will surely have mercy on him."
Where would we be today if God had not had mercy on us? Do we deserve Christ? Did God see something within us, so therefore He granted us salvation? It does not take long reading the letters of Paul in the New Testament to realize that is not true. He even called himself the chief of all sinners!
As Christians we need to remember that salvation is all of Christ and none of us; before knowing Christ we were dead. No matter how good or righteous we may seem in the eyes of the world, only Christ can make us so!
Yet, when Christ comes into our hearts, we are His darling child; surely, He has had mercy on us. Being a Christian should never fill us with pride or arrogance. When we look upon unbelievers, we must always remember that, but for the grace of God, there go I.
We can, however, revel in Christ, realizing that we are nothing apart from Him. Truly, Christ is All! There is no other reason for us here on this earth but to honor and glorify Him in all we do.
God Bless You,