Remembering God in a Distant Land
Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 50, 51; 3 John
Today’s Key Passage – Jeremiah 51:50-53
Following the fall of Jerusalem, the Jewish exiles were taken from their homeland of Judah into captivity in Babylon. While there, they were surrounded by people who did not share their faith, so each day they were faced with many temptations. Not only were they tempted to feel like God had forsaken them, they were also tempted to adopt the ways of their pagan neighbors and grow further away from God. To help ward off these temptations, they received valuable advice in today’s key passage from the prophet Jeremiah. They were told to, “Remember the Lord in a distant land”. (Vs. 50) Even though they were far from home, the answer to their survival was firmly rooted in remembering God.
Even today, many of us might be in “distant lands”. Sometimes those distant lands might be physical. Some people may be traveling for work, or may have recently moved to a new town. Others may have recently gone back to school or started a new school. In other cases, the distant lands can be more emotional or spiritual in nature. Some people may be starting a new job or beginning a life with a new spouse, or perhaps they have not been to church or read God’s Word in awhile. Whatever the case, when we find ourselves in these “distant lands”, we are likely to face the temptation to allow ourselves to slip further away from God or to sacrifice our obedience to Him. In these moments, our greatest strength can be found when we remember God. It is important that we remember what He has done for us and that we are His. He has paid a hefty price for our salvation, so when you find yourself in a distant land, remember the Lord.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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