Ever get tired of watching the news?
The world is not a place of “good news” anymore, is it? It’s often a frightening place.
Today’s “Bible Pick ‘Ems” sounds like it could have come “fresh off the presses” just in time for this morning’s Sunday edition:
“This is what the LORD says: ‘I hear cries of fear; there is terror and no peace…In all history there has never been such a time of terror. It will be a time of trouble for my people…Yet in the end they will be saved!’” (Jeremiah 30:5, 7)
Jeremiah was one of God’s great prophets.
Jeremiah was known as the “weeping prophet” because he was often moved to tears over the rebellion of God’s people.
He was called by God to speak to the southern kingdom of Judah. He faithfully confronted the nation’s leaders and the Israelite people with their sin. He prophesied both their 70-year captivity in Babylon, and their eventual return from exile.
His message doesn’t sound too different than what we hear today!
It is a time of fear and terror.
Economies are collapsing, weird illnesses and unusual diseases are appearing, people are starving, and nations are warring. In the post 9/11 world, “terror” has taken on a new meaning. It could be rightly said that “in all history there has never been such a time of terror.” (verse 7)
Where should we turn? To whom should we go?
Go to God…
He is our Leader.
God returned His chosen people to their land. He brought them out of exile, and graced them with His blessings. He never forgot them…
It is the same today as it was in Jeremiah’s time.
God knows the future, and His plans for us are good and full of hope. We need to trust Him with our agenda, and with the timetable of the world. We need to know that He goes with us as we move forward in this life. His purpose, His mission, WILL be accomplished.
We can have boundless hope.
“Yet in the end they will be saved!” (verse 7)
This does not mean that we will be spared pain, suffering, or hardship. But God will see us through to a glorious conclusion.
Just like He promised the Israelites – we will return to our “Promised Land” – to eternal life in God’s presence – we will finally return HOME.
“This is what the LORD says: ‘…then I will come and do for you ALL the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you…They are plans for good…to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:10-11)
“When in doubt, search God out!”