Good morning Church Family
Today in my quiet time I was reading the account in Jeremiah of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. This was due in part to the unfaithfulness of the people of Israel. They had ignored God and had stopped following Him. God would allow them to be sent into exile and they would learn the hard way, what a life outside of the protection and blessings of God was really like. And yet we know there were faithful people like the prophet Jeremiah who had tried to warn them and who were now caught up in the chaos, what was to become of the faithful few? How heartbreaking to see a foreign army storm your temple and loots the precious and historic objects of your culture, leaving ashes in their wake.
And yet in Psalm 31:21-22 we read “Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege. In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!” Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.”
The faithful saw the wonders of God’s love in the midst of the siege and although it felt like God was no longer there, He answered their cry for help. I find that deeply encouraging, it’s not the circumstance that matters, it’s God’s love and faithfulness to us that will see us through.