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Sweeter Than Honey is patterned after this Bible Reading Itinerary. On Tuesdays, here at the blog, I would love it if you and I could take a trip through God's Word and Sweeter Than Honey, together! I would also encourage you to Join us over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group, introduce yourself, meet new friends, and share your thoughts there as well. We're waiting for you!
Jeremiah 28-30: A Letter to the Exiles
In chapter 29 of Jeremiah, we find that Judah and the people of Jerusalem have been taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. They are exiles in Babylon, and Jeremiah writes them a letter. Let’s take a look today at what the Prophet Jeremiah has to say to the exiles in Babylon:
I hear a lot of people say, “This world is not my home,” and as Christians, it’s not. However, we are a part of this world and God has us here for a specific reason. Let’s look at what God tells the exiles, through Jeremiah, to do while they are in captivity in the foreign land of Babylon:
God has you right where you are, friend. He’s got a specific purpose for you there, and He knows the plans He has for you—plans to give you a future and a hope!
In the light of “This world is not my home,” how do we settle in and seek the welfare of the place where we have been divinely placed by God?
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Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
8/2/2022 09:14:53 am
Funny, a book I read from this morning talked about our being "strangers and pilgrims" in this world. I think the tension between this world not being our final home, yet it's our place of ministry here, helps us keep the right perspective. We can skew too far one way or the other. We can get so caught up in this world, we forget the one to come and live like this world is all there is. Or we can get so caught up in the world to come that we miss opportunities to shine God's light here. Keeping our eternal and temporary homes both in mind help us keep the right balance.
8/2/2022 09:17:53 am
God's timing never ceases to amaze me, Barbara!! I LOVE THIS —> "We can get so caught up in this world, we forget the one to come and live like this world is all there is. Or we can get so caught up in the world to come that we miss opportunities to shine God's light here. Keeping our eternal and temporary homes both in mind help us keep the right balance." TRUTH!
8/2/2022 09:18:14 am
Acceptance of the gift of the present moment --whatever its challenges--is my current learning curve. Jeremiah is a good teacher!
8/2/2022 09:26:18 am
Yes, he is, Michele!! I especially love these verses:
8/2/2022 09:55:01 am
Thank you so much as I needed to read Jer. 29:1-7. Most timely!
8/2/2022 09:57:03 am
Me too, Joanne!! “We are to flourish wherever we are by claiming that place for God’s glory.” —Aging With Grace
8/2/2022 02:27:44 pm
Amen! Barbara's answer was so good - we have to keep both our forever Home and our place of ministry in consideration. Being out of balance either way can render us ineffective. This also makes me think of the saying, "Occupy until I come." No sitting on the sidelines waiting for the hereafter!
8/3/2022 08:52:38 am
Ahhh... the parable of the ten servants in Luke 19:
8/3/2022 08:54:00 am
I love the concept of living and blooming where we are planted because He is with us, Nylse!! :)
8/4/2022 08:11:21 am
I was struck by this passage studying through Daniel recently too - this letter would have been sent to exiles while Daniel was in exile, serving ungodly king after ungodly king. God had surely placed Daniel, and every one of those exiles we don’t know about, right where He wanted them, for a purpose. So grateful the same is true for us wherever we are! Thanks for this today!
8/4/2022 08:44:34 pm
Hello Patsy, Nice to link up again. It will be wonderful to get to heaven, but we can bless others until then.
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