Have you experienced being into a similar situation? Let me describe the situation again: You are in a situation that causes a lot of pain and hardship, it is so difficult to bear and in the bottom of your heart you know that it is impossible to be God’s will yet you are stucked in it. You pray to God to fix it miraculously and you expect it come immediately but it is taking too long as it seems. How are you going to cope?
The literal meaning of these verses from the Jeremiah 29 of course is for the Israelites who are in captivity at that particular point in Israel’s history but we can derive a parallel spiritual insight from those verses.
1. Submission to the will of God
Often God wants us accomplish something but we don’t see it right away. Instead, we want God to take us out of our situation and bless us the way we want Him to bless us. We expect God to answer our prayers in a manner that we want Him to answer them. However, just as Isaiah has written, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD (Isa.55:8).
Sometimes, God allows us to experience a good measure of difficulty because He wants to grow us and teach us. He wants to take us to a level of spiritual maturity where faith is not measured by the blessings that we receive but by the knowledge of God’s person or of who He is; a faith that is pure and thrives by God’s grace in each day. By those experiences, we become what God wants us to be.
2. Living by faith and not by sight
to be continued
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