It’s not the right season…
Going through a season of…
Loving the season I’m in…
This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peave and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
My immediate thoughts after reading this: One would’ve thought that the plan God would’ve had would be to bring His people out of exile and back into their promised land ASAP. If I was a resident of Jerusalem taken into exile, I’d be praying and expecting a miracle (Walls of Jericho v2.0) and the very last thing I’d expect is God telling me to put down roots where I was.
Planting gardens, getting married, having kids and worrying about daycare and increasing the local economy, all these are things people do to settle down! Surely that’s not the right season to do this! Is God out of His mind? Isn’t He supposed to….And that’s where I place God within my box.
My box that says I’m not in the right place, season or time to do what God is wanting of me. My box that says I have a right to feel and act and say things a certain way, because of how OTHERS have treated me or how CIRCUMSTANCES have changed, or how THINGS have happened. My box that leaves no room for change until and unless God acts in a way I EXPECT/PREDICT.
Yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the Lord.
I bet those guys were trying to rile up the Jerusalemites in exile, trying to incite rebellion (good thing Rogue One wasn’t released back then!) and generally getting the people up in arms about returning at once to Jerusalem. Popular opinion would’ve been with them, and “of course, God’s promise was that we would inherit the promised land, so we won’t be here long!” How easily I can grab on to external voices/circumstances that seem to point me to the direction I expect!
This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 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.”
“Then you will call on me and come an pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
“I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
It’s almost as if God is telling the people in exile to seek Him above all else, and that they will find Him and in doing so, find themselves back in their homeland. Funny, that.
Seasons are fine, they happen to everyone. But let’s not put them above the Word and will of God and resign ourselves and block our ears and curb our seeking of Him above all else while using “seasons” as an excuse.
Ok time to get married and buy a house!
PS: 1 post a week catchup completed!