The Temporary Exile
Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 28-30; 1 John 3
Today’s Key Passage – Jeremiah 29:10-14
The people of Judah were in a bad place. For years, they sinned against God and ignored the prophecies of their impending punishment. Finally, the worst happened. Their land was invaded and the people were sent off into exile to Babylon. Ripped from their homes, they must have faced a tremendous amount of fear, worry, and doubt about their futures. During these dark times, the people of Judah must have wondered whether God had forgotten them or forsaken them. Fortunately, a word of hope came to them from the very same source they spent so long ignoring. Through the prophet Jeremiah, God provided the exiles with a glimpse of what was to become of them. He told them that for seventy years they would be in exile in Babylon, but that God would eventually call them back home. (Vs. 10) God had a plan for His people, and His plan involved giving them a new beginning. He was using their time in exile as a way of preparing the people to follow Him. He was looking forward to a time when the people would call upon Him, and He would answer them. (Vs. 12) He was looking forward to a time when the people would seek Him with all of their hearts. (Vs. 13)
We all face times when we feel like maybe God has forgotten about us. We all face times when we wonder if He has forsaken us. In the darkest of times, we can all start listening to the wrong voices in our heads that tell us lies and try to damage our faith. In those times, though, we too can find a glimmer of hope knowing that God might be preparing us for a new beginning. He might be preparing us for a time when we will seek Him with all of our hearts. He might be preparing us for a time when He can finally use us in the way He most desires. In your worst hours, embrace the promises of God. Cling to His words as he says, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Vs. 11) No matter how bad things might be, we can rest in the promise that our “exile” is only temporary. We can rest in the promise that one day, we will all be called back home.
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