Happy Sunday! I’m in Georgia today visiting with family and friends. Yesterday several friends hosted a beautiful baby shower for Abigail, and it was just the most lovely morning. I’m so very grateful.
At one point in the conversation with my friends, a scripture was mentioned that I had memorized several years ago, but couldn’t quote or place at the time. It’s a powerful scripture that reminds us of the careful balance we are called to live out in this present age as believers, so I decided it would be worthy of memorizing properly again.
Amongst my friends we were talking about how we are called to live in this world but not be of it, to live with the world but somehow have a persuasive impact in it, too. That’s quite the tightrope sometimes, don’t you think? But I do think it’s possible to live as light and salt in this world without losing our way…by the grace of God. And if we prayerfully, carefully rub shoulders with the world without letting its philosophies rub off on us, we have the opportunity to show people who live in the darkness a glimpse of the Light. What a privilege and a purpose.
So my focus scripture passage for the next two weeks is Jeremiah 29:4-5,7. I’ve skipping verse six simply because it makes the passage a little too lengthy for me, and the more relevant verses for me are the first two and the final.
“This is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: ‘Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce…Seek the prosperity of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord in its behalf; for in its prosperity will be your prosperity.’Jeremiah 29:4-5,7
These verses remind me to live with intention among the culture, to recognize that God has put me in this present age for a purpose and to seek the best for the generation around me by praying earnestly for it. Yes, I may long for heaven – and trust me, I do – but while I live and breathe on this earth I have a heavenly purpose for being here. And that purpose is to be a light in the darkness and share a glimpse of God’s glory to a hurting and sadly misdirected world.
I’m memorizing and meditating on these scriptures to remind me to not get so angry with the world around me that I lose compassion for them. I want to “live in the city where God has sent me.” Know what I mean?
Now, I look forward to seeing you share what you’ll be meditating on for the next few weeks. And by the way, October does indeed have five Sundays. So our next Scripture meditation and memory post will go up on November 5, not October 29th. Have a great week!