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Jeremiah 29 [Read]
Jeremiah 30 [Read]
Titus 1 [Read]
The morning after the storm seems especially calm. The wind has died down and the rain has stopped, even the sun manages to peak out occasionally from behind the cloud. The sound of the swirling wind last night is nothing but a memory, and everything seems back to normal now. That’s one good thing about hurricanes, they move relatively quickly. Although they can cause great devastation, we know the rain and the pounding of the wind will eventually be over. All will go back to normal again.
“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” (Jer 29:11). The scene of crying and howling of the people when they were taken exile to Babylon was probably still fresh in their mind, and the people of Judah now had to deal with a new environment. They were in other people’s land now, and the new ruler was known to be cruel and oppressive. The LORD’s judgment had come down on them hard, and the reality of exile was difficult to deal with. But this is the time the prophet Jeremiah changed his tone. The judgment has come, and so is hope. Seventy years of exile was ordained by the LORD (29:10), but they shall go back to their home after that. The judgment is for their long term prosperity (Shalom in original Hebrew), and they must not lose hope for they are still God’s people and the LORD is still their God (30:22).
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (29:13). In the midst of exile and oppression, the people of Judah will turn to seek God again. God’s faithful remnant will take this opportunity to learn the lesson of their lives, and they will turn to seek God with all their heart. When they do that, they shall find God and God will bring them back home (29:14). Just as Jeremiah told them, the plan was to make them whole (shalom).
Most of us experience dark nights in our lives, and it’s normal to feel sorrow or even have doubts during those nights. That makes the promise of today’s reading so precious. Our heavenly Father’s plan is to make us whole, but wholeness does come with a price tag. Seek him in your dark nights, so the peace he promised can come into your heart. Amen.
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