Jeremiah 29: Where You Need to Be
I know that it is easy for us to complain about where God has put us. We might wish that we were born in different place, were born in a different time, were born into a different family situation, or talented in different ways or so many other things that might not be ideal in our lives.
In Jeremiah 29, the people of Judah are in the similar situation. They obviously are not happy about going to Babylon. They don’t like where God has put them, but God had surprisingly practical advice for the people as they departed.
Jer 29:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;
Jer 29:5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;
Jer 29:6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.
God is pretty much telling them to settle down and become established because they are exactly where He wants them. Basically, God is reestablishing the fact that He is in control of the situation. It is not like the Babylonian captivity was the end of the chosen people.
I think that this relates to my introduction quite a bit. God puts us somewhere in life. For example, we don’t choose the talents that we have. Sure, we can work on developing or cultivating different talents, but we are all naturally predisposed to be better at certain things.
We can worry that we don’t have other talent, or we can build a house where we are at. We can use what we have to do what we can for God. This is more about being content and willing to do what God has designed us to do.
God was going to bring the people back from Babylon, and He told them that. However, they had to live a long time in Babylon, so it makes a lot of sense for them to get settled in on some level. Similarly, we are not going to get a different life in the sense that we have one right now on earth. The one we have is the one we are traveling through. Therefore, we ought to get settled in and work on using what we have been given to glorify God.