Working through Your Exile

Not long after many Jews were deported from Jerusalem to Babylon in 597 B.C., the Jewish prophets started telling them that their captivity would soon end. In 594 B.C., however, they got a letter from Jeremiah. In this letter, Jeremiah not only told them the exile would continue for seventy years, but also that the Lord wanted them to “seek the peace 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.” (Jeremiah 29:7)

Have you ever felt like bad news was just piled on top of more bad news? Not only are you stuck where you are, but that you can’t do anything about it either? If you were exiled in Babylon wouldn’t you have wanted to organize and riot? Or, start a revolution of some kind? But, none of this was in the letter…nope, they were actually expected, by the Lord no less, to “work for peace and prosperity”.

But WHY? “…because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Now, that is something that some of the Jews may have caught on to early. Instead of grumbling and groaning, like I tend to do. they may have caught on real quick that the Lord, as usual, was planning everything in their best interests. If they obeyed, He would make sure they prospered.

I sometimes do not feel at home in my country anymore. Some of you may be working somewhere that doesn’t reflect Christian values. Maybe your city or county is a hotbed of corruption. Some of you may not even feel at home with your families or circle of friends and acquaintances. Jeremiah instructs us that we are not to be discouraged, and we can never stop seeking God’s peace.

We may not have the chance to impact the superstructure of D.C., but we do have the ability to influence co-workers and those in our community. We can participate in the peaceful work of justice, education and liberty. We can be people of peace and speak about principles and freedom many places, always ensuring that we honor the Lord during our time of “exile”.

Where is it most challenging to live out your faith? How can you seek peace in your areas of influence today?

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