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Daily Reflection - May 20, 2024
Adapted from "Our Daily Bread"

Jeremiah 29:8-14   (New Catholic Bible)

8 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not be deceived by the prophets and the diviners who are in your midst or listen to the dreams they relate, 9 for they are prophesying lies to you in my name. I did not send them, says the Lord.

10 For thus says the Lord: When the seventy years that I have granted to Babylon have been completed, I will visit you and fulfill my promise to you and bring you back to this place. 11 For I know full well the plans I have for you, plans for your welfare and not for your misfortune, plans that will offer you a future filled with hope.

12 When you call out to me and come forth and pray to me, I will listen to you. 13 When you search for me, you will find me. When you seek me with all your heart, 14 I will allow you to discover me, says the Lord. I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Reflection

The Israelites missed their old surroundings, landmarks, and culture when they were exiled to Babylon. They didn't realize they had been banished for defying God.  The exiles were open to false prophets who assured them they would be going home in two years. The smooth talk of false prophets promising a quick return home made it easy to believe them.  God was not amused by these peddlers of the past and their deceptive claims. "Plans to give [them] hope and a future" were what He had in mind for His people. God was with them even though the circumstance was new, tough, and demanding.

 

What challenge are you currently dealing with? In what ways is God demonstrating His faithfulness?

Pray

Father, please help me to be focused on finding You now rather than yearning for the past.  Amen

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