Make the Stable Better – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:4-14
Key Verse: Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
God told the children of Israel to make the city they were living in better—working for peace and its good welfare. These cities were not their cities and this country was not their country. They were forced into these cities by a foreign nation that had taken them captive.
I’m sure they hated these cities and everything they represented. Yet God was calling for an attitude adjustment. He wanted them to settle in and make the cities peaceful and good places to live. They would do that by living out the principles that God had taught them while living in their own homeland.
The New Testament reminds believers that we are to see ourselves as foreigners in this world. We also must settle in and live out God’s principles in order to make our cities and our nation better. A better day is coming when God transports us to a new world He is preparing for us. Until then we need to get to work making this world a little better by the lives we live.
Jesus was not protected from the harsh realities of his environment—a stinky stable. We are not going to be protected from the harsh realities of our world either. God has promised to strengthen us and help us in the midst of our turmoil. Go out today into your world and make it better; pray for its welfare. Continue to hate sin but be sure to love every sinner you meet.
Father, fill me with Your love and compassion for the people I encounter today. I want to share Your love with them. In Jesus’s name, amen.