Saturday, September 29, 2018

Jeremiah 29

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 29. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Today's chapter is a letter written by the prophet Jeremiah to the people of Israel while they were in exile in Babylon. This letter was a message from God to his people.
  • God told the people to settle in to their new surroundings: to create families, work businesses, and make Babylon their home because they would be there for seventy years.
  • After seventy years, however, two changes would happen: first the Israelites would again actively look for God and they would find. Second, punishment would be given to those who did not listen to God's words and specifically to those false prophets who purposefully told lies to God's people.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God's people may have been expecting a message that God would save them and return them to  Israel quickly. Instead God told them that he can use any situation; even, and maybe especially, bad ones, to show his grace and love.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?
  • God often asks us to wait and trust his timeline. Sometimes we fear that God is against us because nothing is going our way in the present and maybe it feels like nothing has gone our way for a very long time. What area of your life are you trying to live on your own agenda instead of trusting God's? Is it your finances? Relationships with family or friends? Career path? 
  • It's easy to ask God to make the "bad" things in your life disappear but he never promises that we will have an easy or smooth life. He does promise that he will be with you through every trial and that he does have a plan he wants you to accomplish. Today, can you pray to God and ask him to give you the courage to seek him?