Focus Verse: Jeremiah 24:1, 5
“After Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the officials of Judah with the craftsmen and smiths from Jerusalem and had brought them to Babylon, the Lord showed me; behold, two baskets of figs set before the temple of the Lord!
Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the captives of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans.’”
This is such a great image of how God works in our lives. The people of Judah are captured by the king of Babylon, king Nebuchadnezzar, and taken back to his home town. Life is rough. These people are ripped from their homes. They are taken from their comfort and routine. They are exiled to the place of their enemies.
Try and imagine for a moment that someone has broken into your house, kidnapped you and your family, and taken you to a place where you are hated and despised. Seriously. Take a moment. How does that make you feel? Are you terrified? Angry? Hateful? Hopeless? Confused? Does it make you want to fight? Does it make you wonder why God would allow something like this to happen? I’m sure it does.
For some reason, we always feel that God’s purpose for us is and should always be sunny days, lollipops, and tons of money. Because that’s what prosperity is, right? We can’t imagine that something so terrible would be meant for our ultimate good. But that’s exactly what God is saying here. The people of Judah, although captured and taken from their homes, would be brought back and blessed. Read what God says in verses 6&7,
“For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them again to this land; and I will build them up and not overthrow them, and I will plant them and not pluck them up. I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.”
I’m sure the people of Judah felt betrayed and abandoned, but what they didn’t see was God’s great plan of redemption.
You might be in the middle of your own situation right now, feeling abandoned by God and betrayed. Know this, He has a plan for your redemption. Don’t let your problems blind you. Seek Him out and know that “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).
Lord, help me to see past my issues and trust that You are fighting for me. Even though I may not see it, and even though it may feel at times as if You’ve abandoned me, help me to know the truth — that You are always with me and have my best in Your plans. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.