Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 28:1-29:32 (additional reading: Psalm 86:1-17 and Proverbs 25:17)
Have you ever made this statement: I cannot wait until….I am in a better job ….. I feel better….. I am out of debt…. I finish studying.. I am on holidays… I retire… What does God want us to do when we find ourselves in one of those “until then” situations? We find one of these situations in Jeremiah 29. Look at verse 1. “This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon”(NIV). These people were wondering, what do we do until this exile is over? God gave them an answer. These principles still apply to us today.
1) God’s perspective on your situation. The sovereignty of God means that God knows, allows or sends (even) the trials into our lives. Therefore, it is imperative that we get God’s perspective on our situation. Perspective is always important. A right perspective can ease our pain.
2) Be productive where you are. Sometimes we blame our situation for our lack of service to God. It is easy to make excuses: I will serve God when I feel better. I will serve God when things get worked out at home. I will serve God when things are better at work. I will have a daily quiet time when I feel better. I will share my faith when I am more encouraged.
3) Do not listen to faithless people. Look at what God told these people. “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.”(vs. 8-9 NIV). These false prophets were faithless people. They did not speak for God.
4) Listen to God’s voice. 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.” (vs. 10-13 NIV)
How do wait for the things of God?
Father, Thank You that Your timing is always perfect. Help us to wait well and serve well as we wait for You to take us to new, better places. In Jesus’ name, Amen