Today’s Reading – Jeremiah 26-29
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 29:4-9
The people of God are in exile – held captive by Babylon. There are those (false prophets) who are telling the people that God’s rescue is imminent and to prepare to return to Jerusalem. Jeremiah says quite the opposite – you are not in a good situation, but do not make it worse instead work hard to make the most of the situation you are in.
There are times in our lives that we find ourselves in adverse situations beyond our control. In those moments we cannot wait for God to bail us out while we do nothing.
We need to be patient and wait upon God and do our best with the given situation.
God promises to be with us in ALL moments.
Whatever the situation, be patient with God.
Be faithful to God.
Remember, in the darkest of moments eventually the stars come out.
Tomorrow’s Reading – Jeremiah 30-31