Reading: Jeremiah 32: 6-15
Shelter is one of our most basic needs. To have a place to call home provides stability and a sense of well-being. Your day is different when you know you have a place of refuge and a place to lay your head down at the end of the day. As the Babylonians assaulted the city, the words of Jeremiah’s prophecy echo in their heads. They know they will be defeated and carried off into exile in Babylon. The Israelites future is scary and full of unknowns.
Into this scene steps Jeremiah’s cousin Hanamel. God has told Jeremiah that Hanamel is coming to sell him some family land in his hometown. Buying land seems an odd choice when they about to be uprooted and carried off to a foreign land. But God had told Jeremiah about Hanamel’s visit so he goes ahead and buys the land. Most of us would have said, “Let’s just wait and see how this thing with the Babylonians turns out”.
But Jeremiah is banking on God’s promises. He knows that the Israelites are God’s chosen people and always will be. He knows God’s promise that one day “houses, fields, and vineyards will again be bought in the land”. It may be ten years or four hundred years. It does not matter because God’s word is good. One day God will restore Israel.
At times God will ask us to step out into a place where we must trust what we know about God. Perhaps God is asking you to do so right now in your life. If not now, know that God will. This is because trust is an essential element in our relationship with God. In this place of trust we begin to say “your will” instead of “my will”. As we sense God’s call to step out in faith may we each do so, boldly trusting in God alobe.