Truth Tuesday – Be a Blessing and Pray

by Kathy

blessingFor the last couple of weeks we have been looking at Jeremiah 29.  If you haven’t had a chance to read the previous posts, take a moment today to scroll back and read them.

If you have been keeping up with the blog, stop and think about the truths God has been teaching and showing you the past couple of weeks.  Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I acknowledging that God is Sovereign over my current circumstance?
  • Am I blooming where God has me?

Think about the story in Jeremiah 29 for just a minute.  Jeremiah was telling the Israelites they would remain in captivity for 70 years!  Can you imagine?!  Their release from captivity was not going to be in the next day or so…not even in the next year…but in 70 years!  Many people would never see their homeland again.  They would die before their family and friends were delivered back to their home towns.

For each one of us, no matter what we are facing right now…no matter if we are released from our current difficulty in the next few days….next few months…next few years….or until we reach our heavenly home, the truths of what Jeremiah is teaching are so important for us to live out.  They make the journey one that honors God.  Notice, I didn’t say they make the journey easy!  I do believe, however, they will make the journey a place where joy can truly be found!

Week one truth – Acknowledge that God is Sovereign

Week two truth – Bloom Right Where You Are

Week three truth (which is this week)  – Be a Blessing and Pray

Look with me at Jeremiah 29:7 – “Pursue the peace and welfare of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to Me, the Eternal, for Babylon because if it has peace, you will live in peace.” (The Voice Translation)

As I read commentaries and notes on this Bible passage, many wonderful Bible scholars have written on how this verse teaches us that we should be involved in the city where we live, being a witness to the community and praying for our town.  I completely agree with this!  However, the application approach that God placed on my heart this past week is a little different from the commentaries I read.  Let me share with you what God showed me in this passage and wanted for me to apply in my own life.  Perhaps God will use these words to speak to you in your current situation…

The Hebrew word for peace that is used in this passage is shalom, which also means blessing, completeness and absence of conflict.  Jeremiah instructed the Israelites to live in their current dwelling with thoughts/actions that reflected they were the children of God.  To live in a way that pursued being a blessing to those around them, and avoiding ungodly conflict.  In essence, he was telling them to be a witness of God’s power and peace to all they encountered, even to those that wanted to make their lives miserable! Jeremiah also called on them to pray for God’s blessing on the place and the people where they dwelled.

I want to challenge you with this as you go through you week.  In your current situation…in your home…in your work…in your school…in your family…in your circle of friends…in your neighborhood….in your acquaintances…in your church…in your town…live in a way that shows all those around  you – all those that know of your needs, hurts, desires, difficulties – that you believe with all your heart, soul and mind that God has placed you right where you are for His purposes and glory!  Pursue opportunities to be a blessing to all those around you, even those that make your life terribly difficult.  Show kindness in such a way that those around you will seek to find the peace and hope within you.  Pray for opportunities to be a witness everyday right in the middle of where God has planted you.

Notice that verse 7 ends with a promise for those that follow in obedience to this instruction – “you will live in peace”.  When we live this out in our lives, God promises that we will know shalom – peace, completeness, absence of conflict.  This is exactly the kind of medicine one’s heart needs when you feel weary.  Out of obedience comes blessing!

Take a moment today to prayerfully consider what God is showing your heart through His Word and these devotional thoughts.  How does He want you to live out being blessing in your current dwelling?  I would love for you to leave a comment and share what God is teaching you as we study Jeremiah 29.

Have a Grace Full week being a blessing where you dwell ~ Shalom!

Kathy

2 Responses to “Truth Tuesday – Be a Blessing and Pray”

  1. Dee says:

    Wow! So much meat in this! This challenge is beautiful and one I pray our family is living out for God’s glory. We have taken our neighbors under our wing over the last 3-6 months and they have become part of our circle in a big way. They don’t know Jesus personally yet, but we pray they will soon. Often Steve & I both get weary of the journey (giving up so much of our time & energy) but we know God has called us here and Jeremiah 29 is a great reminder that we must press on in prayer and in service for…God’s glory! Thank you for digging deep and sharing your heart with us!

    • Kathy says:

      Dee,
      Thank you for sharing your heart, especially where you are being challenged. So true…we all get so weary. That’s whey preaching truth to our hearts is so necessary. It realigns our thinking and shows us that the strength we need cannot come from these fleshy bodies, but through the power of God living in us! Keep pressing on and being a blessing to your neighbors….and pray! I can’t wait to hear more of the story! Love you my sweet farm girl friend!!

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