Scripture: Jeremiah 32-34. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
God had told Jeremiah to buy a field outside of Jerusalem, land in which soldiers had occupied, for the city had been under siege for a while. Jeremiah obeyed, prayed, and trusted God, even when he was doubting it was the right decision. It was part of God’s final plan to restore Jerusalem, even though it would be destroyed first. God assured Jeremiah that he only had to call out to God, and God would be right there to answer. Many of Jeremiah’s predictions were fulfilled. Babylon had taken over Jerusalem, and the city was about to fall. Zedekiah freed the slaves and listened to Jeremiah’s advice, but the people turned right back to their sins after the siege was lifted. Follow along in Jeremiah 32-34!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Sometimes it is hard for us to believe that God can fulfill His promises, especially when they seem impossible. However, nothing is impossible for God, and we must trust Him. God knows each of our situations in life, and He loves His children. Whenever we are in doubt and are unsure if we should obey and trust Him, we can review what we already know about Him. Our thoughts and prayers will then quiet our doubt, worries, and fears. God always uses His power to accomplish His purposes through His people. He gives us each the power to be all that He wants us to be. Therefore, we must place our Heavenly Father far above and beyond anything else in our lives. God wants to take care of all of our needs. When we ask Him for His help, we are acknowledging that He alone is God, and only He can help us overcome obstacles and accomplish things in life. We cannot accomplish things in our own strength; however, with God by our side, He is there to be our strength and help. The people of Israel had a hard time keeping their promises to God. We must keep our promises to God if we want to please Him. God always keeps His promises to us, so we must give Him the same love and respect as He shows us.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Jeremiah and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.