Jeremiah 29:7 Also, 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.
God sent the Israelites into exile (banished them) to a city in which they did not want to be. God instructs them to seek the welfare of the city into which they’d been sent. This meant praying for and working for the good of the city in which they were held captive. I’m sure
that if I were in their shoes, I wouldn’t want the city that was holding me captive to prosper… in fact, I’d probably be wishing the worst upon them. But Jeremiah shares God’s words with his people, … if it prospers, you too will prosper.
What is your idea of being “sent” by God? If it’s going to a place where you’re always comfortable and being with people you’re extremely comfortable around, I would ask you to rethink this concept. Christ doesn’t only call us to pray for the people, cities or situations we support or love most. The places that need the most prayer and work are often the ones that hold us captive. And it’s possible that God himself could have sent us to that place, just so that He could use us to transform it for His glory.
Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of the places that God sends us to and the things we go through, but the most important thing is that we put our trust in Him, even when it’s difficult or doesn’t make sense. He is working, and He knows what He’s doing.
I encourage you today to find new rhythms in trusting and obeying God, especially in the places that are most difficult to you.
Lord, thank you for who you are… a good, merciful, and loving Father to us. I pray you would empower and embolden us to live our lives for you, especially when our circumstances aren’t ideal. Through difficult times, I ask that you would comfort us, grow us and use us to transform wherever we are for your glory. We put our trust in you.
Written by: Abigail Lineberry