by Bruce M. Burkett
“I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good. For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.” (Jeremiah 24:5b-7)
From Israel’s perspective, when they were carried away from their homeland to be slaves to the Babylonians, it was not a good thing. Yet, God looked at that same situation and said that He was causing it to happen for their own good. Those that rejected what God was doing and tried to stay in Jerusalem were going to face major destruction and ruin (Jeremiah 24:8-10). But, those who went along with what God was doing were going to beblessed by God for it and drawn closer to God through it.
As I remember today the events of September 11, 2001, I cannot help but acknowledge that God used that horrible circumstance for our good. It brought us to our knees as a nation and reminded us of our desperate need for him. God used what seemed so terrible to us at the time for good.
Often, when we look at the circumstances of life through the lens of our human perspective, it just doesn’t look good. But, when we consider the lens through which God looks at this world, it leads us to trust Him; because we know that whatever He is doing in our lives will work out for our good and for His glory.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Let’s be reminded today to trust God with what He is doing both in our lives and in our country!
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)