“Now Jeremiah was still coming in and going out among the people, for they had not yet put him in prison.” ~ Jeremiah 37:4
Sometimes we wish God would show us a glimpse of His plan for us, while we are waiting on Him. Yet in His infinite wisdom, He does not show us our future. Why? Because He knows that it would be much too hard for us to bear, in this moment.
” ‘Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ ” ~ Matthew 6:34
Jesus knew that there would be days that simply overwhelm us with troubles and heartache. So He gently reminds us not to worry about tomorrow, or the day after, or next year, or… We are instructed to leave it all in God’s omnipotent hands, ” ‘for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.’ ” ~ Matthew 6:32b. God knows every need, every trial, every single thing that is coming up in our lives. We are not to fret and wonder and waste our time (and peace of mind!) worrying about the future. Jesus told us to instead, ” ‘Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.’ ” ~ Matthew 6:33. All these things. Clothes, food, strength, shelter. Whatever God has planned for us, He will see us through and meet our needs, when we spend our time and energy seeking after His kingdom, going about the Father’s business!
“And He said to them, ‘Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?’ ” ~ Luke 2:49 (NKJV). At the age of twelve, Jesus modeled this for us! “I must be about My Father’s business.” We MUST be about our Father’s business!
I suspect that the tender-hearted prophet Jeremiah might have fretted and shed a few tears for himself, in addition to the people of Judah, had he seen God’s future plan for his life. I’m sure he had a sneaking suspicion – we all can see clouds on the horizon and brace ourselves for an upcoming “storm”. But he spent his time “being about the Father’s business”, even after a beating and prison time!
“Then the officials were angry at Jeremiah and beat him, and they put him in jail in the house of Jonathan the scribe, which they had made into the prison. For Jeremiah had come into the dungeon, that is, the vaulted cell; and Jeremiah stayed there many days. Now King Zedekiah sent and took him out; and in his palace the king secretly asked him and said, ‘Is there a word from the LORD?’ And Jeremiah said, ‘There is!’ Then he said, ‘You will be given into the hand of the king of Babylon!’ ” ~ Jeremiah 37:15-17
I love this! Jeremiah was beaten and imprisoned, released into the king’s presence, and asked for God’s word. He did not mince words, did not try to save his own skin by softening the blow, but instead he told God’s unwelcome truth, emphatically! He was about his Father’s business, no matter the cost to himself.
We are instructed not to spend our time worrying about what isn’t yet happening, but instead live each day in the present, seeking God’s kingdom and going about the Father’s business. Sometimes that is so hard! But God promises to see us through each day as it comes.
“This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’ The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.” ~ Lamentations 3:21-25 (NKJV)