“For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the Lord Almighty, though their land is full of guilt before the Holy One of Israel. ‘Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives! Do not be destroyed because of her sins. It is time for the Lord’s vengeance; He will pay her what she deserves.” Jeremiah 51:5 & 6 NIV
God has not forgotten His chosen people. The time has come when He will become their deliverer from the evil of Babylon and Babylon will come to ruin.
These chapters are literally dealing with the destruction that was about to come to Babylon, through the Medes, for the punishment of the evil they bestowed on the world.
While reading through chapter 51, it was real easy to see the application for end times and the punishment that will come to the world that has rejected Jesus Christ. But even greater still, is the knowledge and hope that we, God’s chosen, have not been forgotten.
We are called to live in the world, a world full of trouble that will one day be destroyed, but not be part of it. How does one do that? I thought of John 16:33, where Jesus tell us: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Then while looking up this verse to type out, I read several of the other verses around it that I had underlined in my Bible, where Jesus is talking to his disciples about living in this world and then a few verses where Jesus is praying for His disciples.
“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. This is why the world hates you.” John 15:19
“Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” John 15:4
“My prayer is not that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not if it. Sanctify them by the truth, Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. ” John 17:15-18
Bottom line: I must stay connected to Him. I must be in the Word. I must remember that I am chosen. Then, I must choose to rely on and trust in the peace and hope of the promises of Jesus. He has already overcome the world! His strength is readily available to me, if I would but only ask for and receive it.
Sometimes it seems so hard to be in the world, dealing with trouble after trouble, not being able to see any relief from the suffering, wondering if You are really there and care. But all I need to do is open Your Word…the Truth and see You are! You never promised this life would be a walk through a park, but instead You told us that we would have troubles. Through it all, we must stay connected to You. It’s the only way! You are the only way!
Hallelujah, You have overcome!
– Beckie (look2thehills)