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I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.
This was Jeremiah’s prophecy that the people of Judah would be taken into captivity by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Indeed, that happened. Yet the prophet said the pain that the people of Judah would suffer would be the very antidote that would bring them back to the Lord in full repentance.
Sometimes PAIN is the very thing that eventually brings the BLESSING. The people of Judah had long ago turned their backs on the living God to worship the idols of their surrounding neighbors. Nothing the Lord did could get their attention back. But just like this passage prophesies, the very thing they loathed—captivity and slavery—is the very thing that turned their hearts back to the Lord after a period of learning. While in captivity they were taught by God to settle in and seek peace. He taught them to marry and have families and plant and harvest. All of this can be read in Jeremiah 29. He said as this foreign city prospers, you will prosper. He told them He had a great plan to bless them and not hurt them. All of this they learned while in captivity. They never learned it while in their own place of comfort and ease, but once the Lord placed them in the center of pain they returned to what they were born to be. Why? Because they encountered “The Blessing Of Pain.”
It is my desire to be obedient and yield to Your perfect will for my life. I’ve experienced the other way before. The way that I decided to take instead of Your way. I’m finished with THOSE days. I want only Your ways. Amen