What I Read Today;
2 Peter 2-3; Acts 17; Jeremiah 28; Psalm 106; Ruth 2-3
Here in the United States, April 15th is looked on with disdain. It’s the dreaded day when taxes are due. Those who didn’t overpay and received refunds are today rushing to the post office and sending in their tax checks.
This year is different. This year we aren’t worrying about paying taxes. Americans are joining with people from around the world to pray that the Coronavirus is continuing to abate.
This year we are worrying about curves, death rates, hospitalizations, and the number of positive tests.
Whether it’s worrying about taxes or dealing with disease, our lives are full of struggles. In Jeremiah 29, we see that the Northern Kingdom of Israel has been taken into exile. Jeremiah writes a letter to the people.
In this message, he tells them several things.
First, Jeremiah tells the Jewish people to accept the new normal that they find themselves in. He tells them to build houses, plant gardens, pray for the city they live in, and to get on with life.
Second, Jeremiah warns them about listening to those who are telling them what they want to hear. Watch out for people who are telling you that things will go back to the way they were. Life doesn’t work that way. Once a significant change has happened, things seldom go back to the way they were.
Finally, Jeremiah tells them, God has a plan.
Jeremiah 29 vs. 11-14 says, “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.” NRSV
While things may seem out of control, God is well aware of what is happening. God loves his people. He wants what’s best for you and me. Most importantly, he wants us to seek him out with our whole heart. God wants us to turn to him in times like these. He asks us to trust him in these moments.
When things go badly, there is a tendency for people to go one of two directions. We either blame God and run from him, or we seek his protection and run towards him.
Now is the time to seek God out, and run to his waiting arms.