Today, I write specifically for a friend who has been dealt somewhat of a rough hand. Over the course of the 6 or so years that I have known her, she has been through a lot of stuff. Family issues. Health issues. Work issues. This is one of those people who would give you the shirt off her back; works tirelessly to always put others before herself. And yet, despite of how hard she works to be the best teacher she can be for her students, it seems like it is never quite enough.
I’m sure some of the readers of this blog know someone similar. Maybe that person is you, the reader. For all of those who seem to be in that great rut in life that seems to only get deeper, I pray for you.
In this Jeremiah passage, we hear about the sufferings of Israel, who have been forced into exile in Babylon. Not just for a few days, months, or even a few years, but 70 years! Think about that for a second. In those days, the average lifespan for a human was less than 40 years. That means that two generations of Israelites would have lived outside of their homeland, with much uncertainty. But God had a bigger plan. After their time of exile was up, they would return home, and be prosperous. And they would be thankful and worship God all the more.
I think of Job, who was raked over the coals over and over again. But God allowed Job to face all of those horrific hardships because he knew that Job was strong in faith and would endure. Of course Job wasn’t perfect, and had his share of doubts, but he came out better on the other end. God had a bigger plan for Job too.
Finally, one of the most reassuring Bible verses for me is the last words Jesus speaks in Matthew 28: “I am with you, ALWAYS, to the end of the age.” We have not been forsaken by our God. He will remain faithful to us, so long as we remain faithful to Him. Trust in His plan.