Jeremiah 29:1-32

Jeremiah 29:1-32

👉 How to Live While in Exile

The people’s wicked ways and wrong choices have led them to a place of exile – far from the comforts of home – in a land that didn’t belong to them.

How could they possibly endure? How were they supposed to function in this foreign place?

  • they were to remember that the Lord was in control even in exile (v 4) – “to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile”
  • they were to anticipate a lengthy stay (v 5) – “build houses and live in them” – permanent dwellings and not tents
  • they were to experience growth and provision (v 5) – “plant gardens and eat their produce”
  • they were to experience joyous occasions – weddings and births – they were to multiply and not decrease while in exile (v 6) – “take wives and have sons and daughters…”
  • they were to pray for the peace and prosperity of the city (v 7) – “seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile”
  • they were to listen to the Lord and not false prophets (v 8 ) – “do not let the prophets and diviners deceive you”

👉 Where does the Lord have you right now?

Perhaps it’s a difficult place – one that you would rather not be in. Maybe you were hoping for a different town, a more exciting career, a more influential ministry, just something more.

What if we were just all in – right here – where the Lord has placed us in this moment?

What if we didn’t live with one eye on the exit?

What if we trusted that – even in this – the Lord was sovereign – in control?

What if we spent our time building, planting, multiplying, and praying?

I’ll tell you what will happen – the Lord will be faithful to his Word.

Maybe not in two years (like the false prophet told the people). It may be seventy years – because that’s what the Lord told the people (v 10).

But the Lord will (v 10-14):

  • visit his people
  • fulfill his promise to his people
  • hear his people
  • be found by his people
  • restore his people
  • and bring them back

You are SO loved.

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