Pastor Tim Romero
Jeremiah 45:4–5 (ESV): "4 Thus shall you say to him, Thus says the Lord: Behold, what I have built I am breaking down, and what I have planted I am plucking up—that is, the whole land. 5 And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not, for behold, I am bringing disaster upon all flesh, declares the Lord. But I will give you your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go."
God's prophetic plan affects all people but not in the same way. For some it's a sudden disaster, for others it's a period of reproof and reprimand. What we know is that He is working in all through all to accomplish His purpose. May we listen closely to what He is saying to us individually and follow Him!
Baruch was concerned about how the Babylonian captivity was affecting him. He said in Jeremiah 45:3 (ESV): "Woe is me! For the Lord has added sorrow to my pain. I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.'" His focus was on himself and how God's prophetic plan was affecting his comfort. God reminds him that He is bringing disaster upon "all flesh." Who is Baruch to think that he deserves better? God is using this to shape his life too! Nevertheless, the Lord gives him a promise that he will preserve his life no matter where he goes.
Many Christians today have the same mentality as Baruch, greater concern for what they must endure for Christ's sake rather than what God is doing as a whole. He is accomplishing His will. His promise to us is peace through the storm and eternal life in the end. Our resolve as believers should be steadfastness amid adversity. God is using all of this to refine us and prepare us for eternity. We should not be self-focused and worried about what will happen to us but more concerned about being shaped and used in these times to further the Kingdom. Set your minds on things above Christian and not on the things of this world (Col 3:3). Amen?
Father, we praise and honor You this day. You are our strong tower and source of peace. We look to You for sanctuary and protection knowing that You are using all things to refine and prepare us for heaven. Help us to have an eternal mindset and not a self-focus during times of reproof. Remind us that You are working all things out according to Your plan in Jesus' name, amen!