This was a dire time for the nation of Judah and the city of Jerusalem. The Armies of the Chaldean King Nebuchadnezzar were at the gate, and Jeremiah himself was in prison in the palace of the King of Judah, Zedekiah for of all things, delivering the prophesy of the impending doom of the kingdom to Zedekiah. In the midst of all of this, Jeremiah was instructed by the Lord to buy a piece of real estate! If there was ever a seller’s market, then Judah this time was it; the long term return on real estate purchases was projected to be poor.
If we read through the entire story, we can learn that the Lord wanted Jeremiah to buy this land to show that he himself believed God’s promised to return His people to the land. Jeremiah, however, did not understand at the time. So, he did something we can all do with our God; Jeremiah asked why. Here are just some quick thoughts for the day.
First, Jeremiah had already obeyed God by faith, and completed the transaction God had instructed him to. God expects that of us, friends. If he asks us to do something, then expect us to act even if we don’t understand the whys or the reasons. Jeremiah’s question came after his obedience.
Notice, though, that even though the prophet questioned God openly and honestly, He never lost sight of just who he was talking to. He acknowledges up from that God can, and will, do whatever He wants for His own reasons. He goes on to recount fully to God many of the great things God had done for the nation of Israel. In other works, Jeremiah began his petition with worship of God.
Finally, Jeremiah had to continue on in much faith. God, of course affirmed all Jeremiah had already said; nothing is too hard for Him. He further confirmed that the destruction and captivity of Judah would not be stopped. As in many cases before, our Lord ended this encounter with a great promise; this was God’s promise to gather His people and restore their nation.
We know now that 70 years later God did just that and restored the Nation of Israel. We can know today that God has yet again restored the Nation of Israel. This is no small thing friends. God can, indeed, still do what He wants, when He wants and how He wants. He also continues to make promises, and some of His promises have yet to be fulfilled. So, when the world around us seems to be descending into chaos, we must never lose hope. God has not broken a promise yet, and has no plans to start now!