The following is an excerpt from Pastor Peter’s recent teaching “God Has More For Us (Pt. 2)".
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
God wants to know us and to be known. Fundamentally, everything that exists in your life, the more that he wants for you, is all about knowing him.
I believe that he uses the vehicle of stuff to help us to do that. How do I know that? Just a few verses before (Jeremiah 31:12) he says, “and they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord.” It doesn't say they will rejoice in the bounty alone, it doesn't say they’ll just rejoice in stuff alone and neither does it say that they will rejoice in the Lord. No, he says “and they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord.”
The best way I can probably describe this is when I talk about being a father. As a father, one of the things that I take joy in is giving stuff to my children. Now if I was the type of father that isn't present in their life and all I do is buy stuff on Amazon to send to them, then maybe you could say I’m a good father because I’m buying stuff for my children. But we know that stuff doesn't fill our lives up. Stuff is not something that will bring us joy, it can bring us happiness for a moment but it doesn't fill our lives up with joy. But it's when we experience that stuff with our father, with our parents, that more joy exists in our life.