Week 31   Day 4



sometimes it is so hard to see beyond the moment 

thinking this is going to last forever 

or feeling that it will 

   so that we are soaring with joy

   and lifted high by the laughter 


   or crushed by criticism

   and tyrannized by the temporary 


sometimes we have to act with faith like Jeremiah 

who bought a field in a war zone 

when there was no shred of evidence

            that life would be 





          any time soon 

          or any time ever 


fear has a way of seeing the immediate 

faith looks far down the road 

   seeing that which is not yet 

   as though it already were 


the vision that God gave to Jeremiah 

   was not only to see what is 

   but to see what still can be 






                                             A SYMBOLIC ACT
Buying property in a war zone signals faith and hope in the future.
Jeremiah 32


     1The word from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah which

was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar.  2For then the king

of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet

was shut up in the prison court.  3Zedekiah had shut him up.

      8Then my uncle's son came to me in the court of the prison

and said, "Please buy my field that is in the country of Benjamin;

for the right of inheritance is yours; buy it for yourself." 

     Then I knew this was the word of the Lord.   9So I bought

the field and weighed out the money--seventeen shekels of silver. 

10 I signed the deed and sealed it, 12and gave the purchase deed

to Baruch in the presence of all the Jews in the court of the prison.

     13 I charged Baruch, 14"Take these deeds and put them in

an earthen vessel, that they may last many days."  15For thus says

the Lord:  "Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed

again in the land."

     26Then the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, 27"Behold,

I am the Lord, the God of all flesh.  Is there anything too hard

for Me?  28Therefore I will give this city into the hand of the

Chaldeans, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,

and he shall take it.  29They shall come and set fire to this city

and burn it, with the houses on whose roofs they have offered

incense to Baal and poured out drink offerings to other gods, 

30for the children of Israel have provoked Me to anger with

the work of their hands.  31This city has been a provocation;

so I will remove it from before My face.  33They have turned

to Me the back, and not the face; though I taught them, rising

up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened to receive

instruction.  34But they set their abominations in the house

which is called by My name, and caused their sons and their

daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I did

not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they

should do this abomination.

     42"Just as I have brought this great calamity on this people,

so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them. 

43And fields will be bought in this land of which you say, 'It

is desolate, without man or beast.'  44Men will buy fields for

money, sign deeds and seal them, and take witnesses, in the

places around Jerusalem, in the cities of Judah, in the cities

of the mountains and the lowland; for I will cause their

captives to return," says the Lord.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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