God’s Story... For My Life - Saturday, February 8, 2014
But There’s Good News . . .
Read Jeremiah 32:36-44
“Now I want to say something more about this city. You have been saying, ‘It will fall to the king of Babylon through war, famine, and disease.’ But this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I will certainly bring my people back again from all the countries where I will scatter them in my fury. I will bring them back to this very city and let them live in peace and safety. They will be my people, and I will be their God. And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants. . . .
“This is what the Lord says: Just as I have brought all these calamities on them, so I will do all the good I have promised them. Fields will again be bought and sold in this land about which you now say, ‘It has been ravaged by the Babylonians, a desolate land where people and animals have all disappeared.’ Yes, fields will once again be bought and sold—deeds signed and sealed and witnessed—in the land of Benjamin and here in Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the hill country, in the foothills of Judah and in the Negev, too. For someday I will restore prosperity to them. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
(Jeremiah 32:36-39, 42-44)
God uses his power to accomplish his purposes through his people. God doesn’t give you power to be all you want to be, but he does give you power to be all he wants you to be. The people of Israel had to learn that trusting God meant radically realigning their purposes and desires toward him. God gave them “one heart and one purpose” toward him (32:39). God can help us develop that singleness of heart and action to love him above anything else.
After Jeremiah bought the field, he began to wonder if such a move was wise. He sought relief in prayer from his nagging doubts. In this prayer, Jeremiah affirmed that God is Creator (32:17), the wise Judge of all the ways of people (32:19), and Redeemer (32:21). God loves us and sees our situation. Whenever you doubt God’s wisdom or wonder if it is practical to obey him, you can review what you already know about him. Such thoughts and prayers can quiet your doubts and calm your fears.