Remember the Bible Series, #17
In God's Eyes
“In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me in earnest, you will find Me when you seek Me. I will be found by you, says the Lord.”
~ Jeremiah 29:12-13
Jeremiah wrote the above Scripture from Jerusalem to the “elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar ”to inspire them to move on with their lives. Jerusalem had been destroyed, the Temple was ruined, and the people had been captured and taken to Babylon.
Jeremiah served as God's spokesperson to Judah for 40 years. However, no one listened to him. He was unchanging and ardent in urging them to take action, but nobody moved. They refused to build homes or plant their gardens for food. Through Jeremiah, the Lord sent a message to the people that they should “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food you produce. Marry, and have children...Do not dwindle away!”
Jeremiah was very poor and underwent severe impoverishment to deliver his prophecies. He was imprisoned, thrown into a foul-smelling cistern, and he was taken to Egypt against his will. He was shunned by his neighbors, friends, his audience, and the kings. The world had totally rejected him. How disheartening and disappointing all of the rejections and angry actions of others towards him, plus the devastating events, must have been for Jeremiah, however he never lost his faith in God. In God's eyes he was a light in a dark world. (Adapted from NLT-Vital Statistics).
How does a person handle disappointments during times of rejections and undeserved angry actions by others towards them? It may appear, by worldly standards, that God has forgotten you. However, just as God had not forgotten his people in Babylon, He has not forgotten you. You are never alone, and if you earnestly seek Him you will find Him because He will be listening for you. Keep pressing on as Jeremiah did during his lifetime. He never gave up prophesying. Keep reminding yourself that you will be okay because you are part of a bigger plan, and that is God's plan. His plan for you will always be greater and more beautiful than all of your disappointments, angry actions by others, and rejections.
Desiderius Erasmus stated: “Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.” Like Jeremiah, in God's eyes you are the brilliant light in a dark world.
Almighty God, thank You for the example of Jeremiah who was a spokesperson for You, and a light in a dark world. Help us to become a bold spokesperson for You, and also one of Your lights that will sparkle. Amen.
~ Ann Brock