Your Enemy's Peace
Jeremiah 29:7 “And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”
In the 6th century B.C., Babylon conquered Judah and forced thousands of Jews to relocate. Many of Judah’s prophets foretold of a quick rescue, but Jeremiah espoused the unpopular view that Judah’s Kings should not resist Babylon, but instead move to into the enemy’s territory and seek the enemy’s prosperity. So many times in my life, I’ve felt conquered and wanted more badly than anything to overcome. From being bullied on the playground, to losing out on highly desirable deals, I have more than my share of apparent defeat. It irks me even more that many victors just seem to be bad people. But God never fails, and his challenge to us is whether we can get out of our short term mindset and have an eternal view. Looking back, on pretty much every account, God has turned that apparent defeat into an incredible victory. Sometimes it’s harder than we want. Sometimes it takes longer than we want. But it always makes us stronger if we want Him first and foremost. Lord I love because you first loved me. Give me strength to love my enemies, and I know you always bring ultimate victory. In your son’s name, Amen.