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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

What to do when you move. . .

My biblical journey right now is in the book of Jeremiah. Last week, I read something that was very inspirational to me and probably for many in the RDU area. For starters, this area is filled with people that have moved from their hometowns and families in order to help their family survive. This situation is very much like the environment Jeremiah is speaking into. Families were separated as members were sent from Israel into exile miles and miles away. This exile was a better option then being killed. That's when I read the following:
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: "Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. ~ Jeremiah 29:4-7
I love the missional aspect of this verse. God is telling the exiles that may have been hurting from being forced to move that they need to focus on the current situation. God wants us to live right now focusing on the family and the city. This was the word that God thought was helpful to prepare people for serving God during this time. There was a futurist aspect to things with focus on the present. Jeremiah continues on to talk about the promise of the second temple being built.

All of us have had to move along to something new at sometime in our lives. There have been many times that I have been so focused on the past that it impacted how I was living now and for the future. Jeremiah says remember and doesn't say dwell.

I could write more but I have to ask are you living in this way that Jeremiah is discribing or are you focused on something different?

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