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Jeremiah 29:10-12

 

This is what the Lord says:

“You will be in Babylon for seventy years.

But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. 

“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

In those days when you pray, I will listen.

 

We have finally arrived at the final chapter of our thirteen-part devotion series entitled, "The Best Laid Plans."  We end with exactly the same scripture with which we began.  Jeremiah relates God's instructions to all the people of Israel, and of course to us.  People have a tendency to look at me a little strange when I refer to Babylon.  Remember that Babylon was the center of culture at the time and was an extremely evil place.  The world had completely taken over this epicenter and, according to God, its destruction was emanate.  There were a lot of Christians that were still in Babylon.  We hear about the evil tendencies of Babylon in both the Old and New Testament.  While Babylon was a real city, Jeremiah is also appealing to an overall concept of good versus evil.  Throughout Biblical history, another word for evil was Babylon.  We need to realize a very important concept in Christianity before it is too late.  Who we spend our time with is important to God.  We are commanded in Acts 2 to fellowship in the temple daily.  Please remember with whom we are supposed to fellowship!  It is God's people that are to fellowship together.  We are called to lift each other up and discern God's will together.  Part of this discernment centers around evangelizing the world.  That means we have to go into Babylon.  That, after all, is where the lost people are!!!  We must be very careful not to stay too long and we must travel in at least pairs.  If we don't, we can quickly find ourselves fellowshipping daily somewhere besides the temple.  Soon we will look and act like Babylonians.  That is why Jeremiah tells us what God's plans are for us in today's Scripture.  They are good plans.  Notice that the only future we have is in God and His good plans for us.  We are inches away from destruction every day.  If we stray away from God because of the "glitz and glamor" of Babylon, we won't like the outcome!  Make sure that we are always in a position where God will listen to us when we pray.  I used to tell my kids when they were growing up that rarely anything good happened after midnight.  God is telling us that nothing good is going to happen in Babylon in the long run.  Don't over-stay God's invitation to evangelize.  It is the only reason we should be there.