Letters are so important. They can encourage and greatly bless. Jeremiah writes to the exiles and assures them of God’s providential care and plan – verses 10-14. Jesus repeats verse 13 in His famous words on prayer – ask, seek, knock Matthew 7:7+.
How upside-down and amazing these words from the Lord are!
The nation is in exile, God’s people in a land that doesn’t follow Him. They are there because of their sin, because of the Lord’s wrath against them.
But in this passage we read of His mercies, His plans for His people.
“Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.”
Wow. What a message. MULTIPLY THERE, AND DO NOT DECREASE.
God doesn’t finish there though.
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
Did we read that right? SEEK THE WELFARE OF THIS PAGAN CITY?
“… For in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
Often we can find it hard to see God’s plans for us at work when it’s through broken structures and powers.
How can God be at work in Australia? In Europe? In the Middle-East or the U.S. or Canada or South America or Asia?
The answer we read here in Jeremiah is simple. How can God NOT be at work? He is at work, full-stop. And He works for our good. Full-stop.
This is for our encouragement!
* Father God,
Thank You that You are at work at this time, as across the ages. Just as with Israel in Babylong (in exile), so You are at work in our lives, and in the world around us, for Your glory, for the good of Your people.
Please show us today what You would have us know from Your word.
Mark us as Your people, humble and contrite of heart, meekly submitted under Your will for us.