You Can Count On It.
In Jeremiah 29 verses 4 through 14 taken from the Message Bible we find the instructions God gave to the survivors of Judah upon their arrival in Babylon.
4 This is the Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel’s God, to all the exiles I’ve taken from Jerusalem to Babylon:
5 “Build houses and make yourselves at home. “Put in gardens and eat what grows in that country. 6 “Marry and have children. Encourage your children to marry and have children so that you’ll thrive in that country and not waste away. 7 “Make yourselves at home there and work for the country’s welfare. “Pray for Babylon’s well-being. If things go well for Babylon, things will go well for you.”
8-9 Yes. Believe it or not, this is the Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel’s God: “Don’t let all those so-called preachers and know-it-alls who are all over the place there take you in with their lies. Don’t pay any attention to the fantasies they keep coming up with to please you. They’re a bunch of liars preaching lies—and claiming I sent them! I never sent them, believe me.” God’s Decree! 10-11 This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. 12 “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. 13-14 “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—“bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.
God tells us in Malachi that He does not change. The message the Israelite’s received from Jeremiah in the Old Testament is the same message we should be hearing today. We are in this world, but we are not a part of it. The Israelites were in Babylon, but they were not a part of it, and yet God told them how to live and prosper in Babylon so that they might replenish their numbers that had been devastated during the siege of Jerusalem, and He has told us in the New Testament how we are to live and how we can prosper in this life and build His church. No, God does not change. It has always been His plan for His people to flourish and be blessed from generation to generation. but, it is our own selfishness and willingness to listen to know-it-all-lying-preachers and the fantasies they preach that keeps God’s church from becoming all it is suppose to be. What God has said is going to take place-is going to take place because God has a plan to give us the future we hoped for. You can count on it. DThrash