Jeremiah 29:4a, 7 NIV 2011
This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
Prophet for Judah and Jerusalem’s people God called Jeremiah. The last five king’s reigned during that time. He predicted the Babylonian exile as well as the restoration of Jerusalem through the Messianic line of David. He spoke over and over again to the kings. However their hearts were hardened. Those carried off were to make the best of their lives where they were. The Hebrew word shalom means peace, prosperity, harmony and tranquility. Jeremiah reminded them to pray for God’s help in finding peace and prosperity. Believers are to seek God’s peace through prayer.
Paul’s letter came to mind after reading Jeremiah. 1 Corinthians 7:17a, “Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them.” In other words we need to live our lives where we are, not longing for what we once had or never had. There have been things I’m sure God has led me to change but only for His good purposes. When I daily go to Him seeking His peace through prayer, my perspective is greater because of it.
How will we prayerfully seek His peace today?
Resting in His Word together,