“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV
In the context of this passage, Israel was in the midst of its captivity in Babylon. They had sinned against the Lord and received the penalty. Even in the middle of what must have appeared hopeless, the Lord had His messengers reminding them that God was not done, that He was still their God. He had not abandoned them.
The types and shadows of the Old Testament are wonderful for reminding the New Testament believer of the faithfulness of God. In their time, God was with them, I our time, those of us who believe, God is in us, as the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in temples of flesh and blood.
There have been times in my life when I have felt like I was held captive in a spiritual Babylon, bound by the bronze fetters of my circumstance or the consequences of my sin. I yearned to be home, to relive the peace and joy that I once knew. The Holy Spirit reminds me that He is near.
I remember the thoughts, those loving, compassionate thoughts, of a glorious God, who became one of us and lived a humble life, endured the shame and consequence of our sin, who took that sin and died on the cross, and was forever changed. He rose again, bringing newness of life. His wounds will be the only man-made things in heaven.
Having the confidence in His love and concern for me, I know that I can call out to Him and He will hear me. I remember the first time I came to understand the concept of searching for God with all my heart. I had spent much of my adult life searching for anything to bring healing and an end to my sadness. I wanted a hole filler, something to fill the void in me. What I found in Jesus went way beyond that: He consumed the empty places, and transformed the occupied parts of my life. He became my passion.
Believers, in these horrific times, remember that you have a God who cares for you, who has not abandoned you, who desires to, and will deliver you from the captivity of these times. We are in Babylon, and we desire to go home. Home to heaven. I can assure you, we have a future and a hope. Call out to Him today, and He will hear you. Seek Him with all of your heart.
We must also tell others of our great God. Many have only known Babylon and have no idea of what freedom from the captivity of sin feels like. They have never known true peace. Let’s tell them of Jesus Christ, who came to take their sins to the cross.
He offers the free gift of grace, but they must receive it. Pray that the Holy Spirit convicts them of their sin and their need for a savior. Be ready to share the Gospel if there is a opening. Time is short, and our redemption draweth nigh. So much is happening in our world that has never happened before.
Babylon is soon, fallen, fallen.
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