“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
month ago, my family and I adopted a sweet little Welsh Corgi puppy named
Finley. In this turbulent year, he’s been a breath of fresh air. For many of
us, 2020 has been one of the hardest years of our lives. And honestly, some of
us have been freaking out. But Finley doesn’t have a care in the world. Finley’s
not worried about COVID. He’s not worried about paying the bills or keeping
food on the table. And he won’t be any more stressed out on November 3rd than
he’ll be on November 2nd. He doesn’t CARE who wins the Presidential election.
He’s oblivious to all of it. At times I’ve found myself thinking, “It would be
kind of nice to be Finley.”
Wouldn’t it be great to be oblivious to all of the problems and stressors in our world today? Of course it would. But you know what? God has something even better planned for you and me: Peace and prosperity without needing to be oblivious.
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wanted His people to understand that they were in
In verse 7, God urges His people to get on board with His plan: “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.” It would have been natural for the exiles to feel bitterness and unforgiveness toward the Babylonians, because those are all parts of our old sinful nature. But the Jewish exiles were God’s people, and as such it was high time for them to stop living according to the flesh and start living according to the spirit. And the same goes for you and me.
When we have the Spirit of Jesus Christ living inside us, there is no room in our lives for bitterness, resentment, hatred or unforgiveness. There is no room for blaming everyone else for our problems. Instead of criticizing and blaming those who have made our lives difficult, God calls us to pray for their peace and prosperity. Some of us are harboring bitterness and resentment toward family members who have treated us like crud. Others of us are harboring bitterness and resentment toward political leaders who make decisions that we passionately disagree with. But let me ask you: Are you praying for them?
If you aren’t praying for them, why not? And if you’re praying for them to be arrested, or to get sick and die, that doesn’t count. Those are terrible prayers! God says, “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.”
You may not
be crazy about the city you live in, whether it’s Victorville, Adelanto,
Who ends up
in office is important. But how Christians RESPOND to who ends up in office is
even MORE important. It is both in our best interest and in God’s best interest
that we seek the peace and prosperity of our city, our state, our nation, and
the leaders who lead them. If
Dane Davis is the Pastor
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