Jason sent me something he wrote on his FB page to family and friends regarding Jeremiah 24. The LORD showed Jeremiah two baskets of figs, one with good figs to be sent into exile in Babylon, the other basket of bad figs that were to remain behind.
What he wrote spoke to something I’ve been going through this summer; fighting my anger and despair about what is happening, to keep my natural optimism. It helped me as I pray it will help any of you with the same issue.
For most of my life I’ve been a political conservative; voting straight-ticket Republican in every election. When the pandemic hit 18 months ago, I saw it for what it became; a political football that politicians could manipulate for their purposes. It couldn’t be clearer today, and I’ve been very outspoken concerning government overreach.
Lately, I’ve been reading the book of Jeremiah as part of my Bible-in-a-year study. Chapter 24 is the representation of the good and bad figs. At first, I didn’t like it. How could the people that were sent to exile be good, and the ones remaining free be bad? Well, the ones in exile humbled themselves to the will of God (even if they didn’t intend to) and those that remained “free” were proud and self-assured.
This is when God made it clear to me; I’ve been so preoccupied with being angry about the government, making some people my enemy, that I’ve missed the point. That is; our nation has turned from God. We are reaping the effects of this. Instead of being proud and defiant even further, we should humble ourselves, repent and follow Him. I’m NOT saying we can’t fight for our rights. But our rights as Americans do not trump our responsibilities as Christians to love one another, study His word and make disciples.
Read Jerimiah ch 24-30(ish) and decide for yourself.Jason