Do We Wait or Continue On?

28 Sep

Jeremiah 29:4-14 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.

This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

What should we do during this time of COVID-19, wait until it is over and then resume our lives? No, we go about our lives with care and purpose. Just like the Israelites did while in exile in Babylon. God told them to get busy and make the best of things and that He had a future worth looking forward to.

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Posted by on September 28, 2020 in Uncategorized


One response to “Do We Wait or Continue On?

  1. Brett Yohn

    September 28, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I’m rereading The Ragamuffin Gospel. Today in Chapter 5 Manning talks about the gift of the “everydayness” of life. If there has ever been an every day year it is 2020. I was challenged to look for the wonder and awe of God in “everydayness”…in the wind (which we have a lot of today), colors, smells, and etc.


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