Sunday, October 7, 2018

Jeremiah 32

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 32. 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?)
  • This passage takes place during the time when the city of Jerusalem had been under attack by the Babylonians for a year and Jeremiah himself was a prisoner in the palace. God instructed Jeremiah to buy land where the soldiers from Babylon were occupying.
  • Jeremiah followed God’s command, bought land from his cousin, and gave the original proof of purchase and a copy to be held in safe keeping until God’s promise to bring the Israelites back to Jerusalem was fulfilled.
  • After he bought the land, in front of multiple witnesses, Jeremiah had doubts about the wisdom of such a move and he prayed to God about how he felt. In his prayer (see verses 17-25), Jeremiah affirmed that God is powerful and wise; God miraculously brought the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and they still refused to listen or follow his commands.
  • God answered Jeremiah by explaining that he would give Jerusalem to the Babylonians because the people angered and infuriated God by worshipping other false gods (called “idols”) even sacrificing their own children to these idols.
  • The chapter ends with God’s promise to restore Israel to peace and safety and the people would have “one heart” (see verse 39) to worship God and prosper because of God’s goodness.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • It’s okay to have doubts about God. God loves you and sees your situation. Whenever you doubt God’s wisdom or wonder if it is practical to obey Him, it can help to review what you already know about Him: God is the Creator of heaven and earth, He is the wise Judge who is aware of our conduct, and He is the Redeemer who has great power.  
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Trust doesn’t come easy. The Bible is filled with people who had a hard time trusting that God can fulfill his “impossible” promises. What aspect of your life do you cling to because it feels unimaginable to entrust it to God? Are you trying to control your finances without God’s input? Do you search for peace in alcohol or drugs because the thought of life without them is terrifying? Do you hurt others with anger, lies, or misdeeds instead of asking God to show you how to love?
  • Today, talk to God and thank Him for the power and wisdom He possesses and shares with those who walk with Him. Ask God to help you trust that He will give you power to be all He wants you to be. Listen with an open heart for God to show you how to develop the desire for Him and how to act in love.