Monday, August 23, 2010

Favor in the Desert

Jeremiah 31:2
This is what the Lord says, "the people who survive the sword will find favor in the desert; I will come to give rest to Israel.

Jeremiah 32:15
For this is what the lord almighty the God of Israel says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.

Trouble don't last Always; Though at times it seems perpetual. Every one of us is fighting hard to stay afloat in this economy and every day we are bombarded with the leaked reports of the sluggish economy. It takes everything we have not to capitulate to the helplessness that permeates the media but if we focus our attention on what God says we have hope.

When Jerusalem was under siege by the Babylonians, God told Jeremiah that his punishment of Israel wouldn't last forever. They were being punished because of their idol worship. God was trying to get them to turn back to him. He told Jeremiah not everyone would be destroyed.

God said everyone who survived the sword would find favor in the desert. Those of us still alive and with our faces set toward God are experiencing favor in the desert. Favor means that God will allow us to make transactions in the wilderness and under siege that will benefit us in the future.

While Jeremiah was in lock down and under siege his cousin came to sell him some land and he put the deed in a clay jar so it would last a long time because God wanted to use it as a sign to show that houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land. Before they disobeyed God he brought them into the Promised Land where every person had their own land, vineyard, and sit under their own tree. After the punishment/recession once again God promises those that have favor that they will get those things back. That which was desolate God is going to build back up.

If you are still alive and turn back to God you should start looking for opportunities to rebuild what was devastated. If you can't do anything but purchase the land then just put the deed away until you have the capital to build. You have favor in the desert!

Dear God, thank you that during this recession we have favor. Thank you for using us to rebuild what was devastated. God you are so good to us and our faces are set on you, the author and finisher of our faith.

In Jesus Name,

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