Jer. 29:4 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 Also, 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.”
Key Points about Jeremiah 29:7
- It is the command of God to His people to take steps to bless the community/city.
- God tells his people to not just pray, but work for the good/welfare of the city.
- The city to which Godʼs people were taken captives was an evil city that acted against the will of God.
- God told his people to not simply work, but also to pray, implying a spiritual activity.
- God wants his people to be a channel of blessing to the city.
- There seems to be a direct connection between the prosperity of the city and the prosperity of the church.
- Peace = Shalom - completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
What does it say about God’s people when they only convene together and never seek to bless their community? Many will argue that the needs are too great, the neighborhood is too dangerous, the risk is too high, etc. God would simply ask us to look at His Son Jesus who left the comfort of Heaven to live among us, ultimately being sacrificed on a cross. He came to bless us. We are called to do the same.
Where do you see signs of peace in your community? How is your church praying and working for the city’s peace and welfare? How are you?