This evening in the Lent Group at Holy Trinity Huddersfield we looked at a passage which contained what is sometimes referred to as the most abused verse in the Bible: Jeremiah 29:11.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
But we were looking at the context. This verse was written to people who were in a bad situation – Babylon.
Babylon was the enemy, and this message was to Jews in exile in Babylon, far from home and far from happy. The message is to live your lives in the place where you are, even if that isn’t where you want to be. The Jews were to be a blessing to Babylon, the place where they were, even though it was miles from where they thought God was, Jerusalem, now in ruins.
This has an application to us. We are to live our lives as Christians where we are, even if it is not where we would like to be, and to be a blessing to the people around us.