Friday, April 11, 2003
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-13
What strikes me most about this passage is God's command to his people to just go about their everyday lives. Apparently, prophets were preaching doom and gloom, telling them the end was near. But God had a good future in mind for the exiles. He wanted them to prosper.
In the midst of trying times, just getting on with normal, everyday life can feel wrong sometimes. Shouldn't we be preparing for the worst? But if we don't keep on going like there's a future to look forward to, then the doom and gloom becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
posted by Susanna King 11:14 PM