While waiting to be delivered from exile, the people of Israel are given a message that changes the posture of their waiting. Through the prophet Jeremiah's delivered word they embrace that God is not bringing them out of exile as soon as they had hoped.
Instead he tells them "seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Their circumstances had changed, but God's purpose for their life had not. The real desire of people in exile is to push away, to wall off, and this is what the people of God wanted to do. They wanted to only engage Babylon for what Babylon could give to them. But God was calling them to something higher, in fact something harder.
God brought his people into Babylon to be a blessing there, to be a glimpse of him among people who didn't know him. He wanted his people to be a piece of his character so that the Babylonians would long for him too.
Just like the people of Israel in exile we are called to a life of active waiting. Waiting for our day of deliverance while connecting to the people around us, so that they might see a piece of the character of God through us.
Reference the Scriptures: Jeremiah 29
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