Tuesday, August 19, 2014

RESTING AMIDST THE RUBBLE

THE PROPHET JEREMIAH was asked by a remnant of Jews after the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem what they should do now that the majority of the city was destroyed and the mass of people had been either killed or taken off into captivity. (See: Jeremiah 42:1-22)

Jeremiah wisely inquired of the LORD and ten days later brought back the answer: STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND GOD WILL PROVIDE FOR YOU.  The other side of the answer was that if you should choose to run to the relative safety of Egypt, "Be sure of this, you will die by sword, famine and plague in the place that you settle." (Jeremiah 42:22)  Sadly, the people chose Egypt, which seemed safer; security of a protected city, food and distance from Babylonian attack.

I personally know what it is to sit in the rubble and ruins of life and wonder if it would be better somewhere else? Somewhere that seemed safer, or at least farther from that which seemed to be relentlessly attacking. I too, have sought the Lord and wondered what would be better, and His answer, though delayed, seems to be stay in the rubble of the City, and I will be with you. Run to that which seems to be safer and easier and I can guarantee you life will be more difficult, not less.

So, my word for you, who find yourself sitting amidst the rubble of your Jerusalem; it may be better to stay within God's City, within the place of His Word, within the place where He has chosen to dwell, and there find your true safety.

It all comes down to a matter of trust. In what or Whom will you place your trust? In the relative safety of the world, or in the real security of the Living Word? (John 1:1-10)

I'd encouraged the latter.

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