326 Blind Faith

“This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon” (Jeremiah 29:1).

What a relief to read the following chapters. What a relief for Jeremiah, after all the messages of judgment he had to pronounce, to be able to send a message of promise and hope at last to those who were already in Babylon. They were some of the lucky ones who had ended up in the place the Lord had prepared for their preservation.

I’m sure it didn’t look like it when they were forcibly transported away from their families, culture and the land they knew and loved. It wasn’t their choice, it was Your choice for them. We common people have little power to influence the decisions of our government, even as they did not. So can we trust You when everything seems to have gone wrong? Could those who were left in the land trust You with the destruction that was to come upon them (29:15-19)? What about Jeremiah when he was given a choice: to go to Babylon or stay in the land that he knew was to be destroyed (40:1-4), and, it seems You led him to remain in Jerusalem? Could he trust You later when he was forcibly taken to Egypt by rebellious leaders, when he knew this was the wrong decision (43:4-7)?

Well, what about Job? Did he trust Me when his entire world collapsed? How often you have heard his vow quoted: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15,KJV). And you know the end of his story: great joy and double blessing. This is My promise to all who dare to trust Me. Whether in this life or the next, they will experience joy and blessing beyond their imagining. Would you want to listen to the voice of fear and miss all this?

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