The people of Judah were sent to captivity because they lived in spiritual exile for too long. God warned them multiple times of their wrong doings through the prophet Jeremiah, but they ignored him. Jeremiah said to the people, “…the Lord has been giving me his messages. I have faithfully passed them on to you, but you have not listened.” (Jeremiah 25:3)
Isn’t it like us not to listen?
The people were physically exiled for 70 years, but it didn’t have to come to this for God to get their attention. However, even in exile God commanded them to flourish, to build houses, marry and multiply; to pray and seek peace with the people and prosper. (Jeremiah 29:4-14)
Perhaps God has been speaking and you haven’t responded; what will it take to get your attention?
Sometimes disobedience will lead you to places you don’t like. These setbacks may linger like a bad Flu, but it may just be where God needs you for a season, to save you from yourself. He said of the Judeans, “I have sent them into captivity for their own good” (Jeremiah 24: 6).
Today, for whatever reason you may find yourself in ‘captivity.’ The scenery is unpleasant and the outlook is bleak. His discipline is not to hurt you, but to demonstrate his great love to save.
When we’re experiencing the consequences of sin, God continues to hold our hands because he is merciful and desires to restore…He never gives up on us.
The people of Judah had to suffer the consequences for 70 years, but God never gave up on them, nor has he given up on you. He continues to hold our hands even when we’re experiencing the consequences of sin because he is merciful and desires to restore.
I want to encourage you to flourish wherever you are, because nothing can cancel his plan for your life.
This is God’s promise to the people while in captivity:
“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. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
Are you being fruitful in the season you are now?
Lord, thank you for your promise to restore. We’re grateful that your perfect will is demonstrated in every aspect of our lives. Thank you for stepping in and doing what is necessary to lead us back to worship. Amen!