BLESSING OF THE LAND
“And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” - Jeremiah 29:7 NLT
Babylon wasn’t the most desirable place for God’s people to live in. But in a time they hoped God will rescue them, here He sends a letter through prophet Jeremiah to tell them to stay in that city, work hard and pray for its prosperity for it is the key to their prosperity.
Reflecting on this, here is quite a similar situation in nations of Africa. Today, every young person wants to get educated, go to some country and run away from their land because of poverty. Some are simply uninterested to contribute to its development and welfare as long as they can focus on their own welfare. But, if you note, until we choose stay, work hard and pray for the places God has placed us, those places will continue to suffer and we will not prosper. Yes, if they left, then there wouldn’t be Daniel… a believer who became a prime minister and demonstrated to people the power and faithfulness of His God.
So stay, work and pray… for GOD HAS A PLAN!
REFLECTION POINT: Where God wants you to be, that’s where His mercy is. Until we align ourselves to Gods will and be where He wants us to be, we will miss the blessing of the land. Yes, no matter how poor your nation is, just because you are there… then be assured that there’s hope for it. Yes, you are not too young, poor nor incapable to contribute in the welfare of your nation and community. When you choose to do so, God will bless you as lives of people who need you the most are blessed by you!
MAY GOD BLESS HIS WORD.
PRAYER: God thank you for where you have placed me today. Help me by your mercy and grace do the best in contributing to its welfare in Jesus’ name, Amen!20 November 2020