Buy The Field… There Is Hope In The Future

“I see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
That’s an expression that is used to remind us that there is hope. We may be going through very tough times but, there is light at the end of the tunnel. In other words, the tough times are about to come to an end.
In Jeremiah 32, he speaks of the light at the end of the tunnel. The city of Jerusalem was under siege to the Babylonians and Jeremiah was in prison. So, things didn’t look too good. The Lord spoke to Jeremiah and told him he was about to give the city of Jerusalem into the hands of the king of Babylon. But then, God gave Jeremiah a word of hope.
God told Jeremiah that Hanamel, the son of Shallum, Jeremiah’s uncle was going to come to Jeremiah and he would offer for Jeremiah to buy his field because Jeremiah had the right of first refusal. And, Hanamel did come to Jeremiah and offer for him to purchase a piece of land.
Now, why was this so significant? Ok, get the picture… Jerusalem is under siege… the Babylonians are about to conquer it…. So, why would you purchase a piece of property that is about to be given to the Babylonians?
Because, as Jeremiah said in verse 15, “Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.”
A city that was currently under siege.. a city that was about to be taken by the Babylonians, would one day return to Israel. This story was intended to give Jeremiah and Israel hope.
This story does not mean that Israel isn’t going to face some tough times. They were… Things were going to get worse before they would get better… but, there was a time in the future would things would get better.
I don’t know what you are facing today… but there is hope. God loves you and is with you. You may say, “Ok, does that mean I’m going to get a raise? Does it mean someone is going to give me a new car? Am I about to inherit some money?”
No, no and no.
You could get a raise.. but the promise of hope isn’t contingent on that. Hope may mean that God is going to give you the strength to make it through the day.
I’m reminded of some of my favorite verses;
“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vine;
Though the yield of the olive should fail and there be no cattle in the stall;
Yet I will exult in Thee O God.”
Jeremiah was told, “Buy the field… it’s coming back”
There is hope in the future

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