Christian Application from Jeremiah 29:1-14

Christian Application from Jeremiah 29:1-14
July 4, 2021

So, what about us? We are also living in a hostile environment, aren’t we? It is not ideal or always comfortable. Our level of comfort seems to be decreasing, as a matter of fact. We are not necessarily being punished ourselves for any particular sin, though. There are no prophets among us. However, I think it is safe to say that it is a very real possibility that our nation is being judged by God. It appears that he is giving us over to our sins. Therefore, we are caught up in the midst of divine judgment. And we will have to undergo it along with our pagan neighbors. What do we do with the situation?


Jeremiah’s message to the people of God in exile seems to be an appropriate message to us today as well. Thus says the Lord: build houses and dwell in them, plant gardens and eat their fruit. Take wives and beget sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters—that you may be increased there, and not diminished. And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to live, and pray to the Lord for it, for in its peace you will have peace. Do not follow after false prophecies or teachings. Do not be led astray. And remember that God will visit us in due time and perform his good work toward us and take us unto himself. At just the right time, God will send his Son from heaven, and he will establish his eternal kingdom on earth in which we will dwell in his presence forevermore. We will enter into the joy of our Lord. 


In the meantime, we must be godly and content. We must be faithful to the Lord, obeying his every command. We must do what he says and go where he sends. Our souls must be swift to answer him. We must work for healthy, godly marriages. We must raise our sons and daughters in the faith, training them up in the instruction and admonition of the Lord. We must pursue work to provide for ourselves, our families, to support the ministries and missions of God‘s church. We must seek the peace of our country, of our communities. To do this, we will have to work, surely, but we must certainly pray for it. Pray to the Lord. Seek the Lord, search for him with all your heart.


And, thankfully, we live in a great country. It is the greatest nation the world has ever seen. We have been safe, free, and prosperous. We have concluded that it is not only a practical thing to pursue the peace of our country, the good of our country, but it is the correct thing to be proud of our country. Patriotism is a good thing and should be promoted among our people, as it should be among the peoples of all nations. A few passages in Revelation as well as many other New Testament passages assure us that every nation, tribe, and tongue will be represented in heaven. When we enter into heaven, we will enter in as God’s people, yes, but also as Americans (and others as other nationalities, all for God’s glory, showing his redeeming work from across the globe and through the ages).


While we can argue (and we do) that our nation is freer than any other, safer than any other, and more prosperous than any other, we also admit that these facts do not make us better human beings than any other. On the contrary, we affirm the biblical doctrine that all human beings are made in God’s image, and, therefore, each and every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. So, again, we do not claim to be inherently better than any other peoples on the planet, but we have certainly been greatly blessed. And for that, we give thanks to God. And we don’t use our liberty for licentiousness. We use our liberty to serve—to serve one another and those around the world. As Christians, we use our American liberty and prosperity to be a blessing to the nations through the preaching of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, his atoning work, his salvation, through repentance and faith in him.