It is often in the darkest hours that we turn from God. We tend to have more questions than praise. Our joy turns to anger. Instead of running to God, we run away as far as we can.
As I was reading Jeremiah 29, I am reminded that despite the circumstances, God still wants the best for us. Even in the midst of the most dreary situation, God still has a plan for our life.
Our current situation doesn’t have the final answer.
Whether the darkest hour happened by our own choosing or by something completely out of our control, God still was in the future present time. Although it may be a surprise or total disbelieve to us, God knew beforehand.
Jeremiah 29 describes how the Israelites were sent into captivity for 70 years for being disobedient. For some, this may seem like a severe punishment but God always has a purpose for everything.
While in captivity, God commanded them to build houses, plant gardens and have children. He didn’t send them away to die. No, he sent them away and wanted them to live. To live for a later purpose!
He also commanded them to seek (inquire for, require and request) the peace and welfare of the city he caused them to be carried captive. And pray to the Lord for it!
Did you catch the last part? God wanted them to pray and seek the Lord for their welfare. To some this may have been hard because this was probably the hardest time of their lives. How do you pray to God when your life has been turned upside down?
It is in these darkest times when we need to seek the Lord most. Although we can’t see it but there is a spiritual battle happening in the background. It is during this very delicate time that the enemy will try to overtake the people of God.
It goes on to say that after 70 years God was going to return and keep his promise by allowing the Israelites to return home. Think about this, 70 years of praying and waiting on the Lord. How many people give up on God when the answer doesn’t come right away? Or maybe when the pain is too unbearable?
God didn’t create you to destroy you. He created you for a purpose.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare, and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”
You may not see the light at the end of the tunnel right now but hold on. Look a little deeper and you will see the glowing, speckle of light. Walk to it….Blessings.