“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent away from this place to the land of the Babylonians. My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.” Jeremiah 24:5-7
In this passage the king of Judah, the officials, the craftsmen and the artisans of Judah were carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. Jeremiah, the prophet was given a vision of two baskets of figs and the Lord asked him, “what do you see?” In this passage the good figs represents those that were exiled to Babylon, but the poor figs were left behind. We would assume that the good figs are the ones in a bad place and the poor figs had it made. Sometimes God takes us to places or allow situations in our lives that feel like we have been exiled, left behind, or in bondage where it appears He has left us. But really it is a place of protection, a place where He is watching over us, building us up, making us stronger or courageous – a place where we must come to Him for all our needs, a place where we stand out to be His people and return to him with all our hearts.
Prayer: Lord, I do not understand this place I am in, but I know that you have placed me here for a reason. I know you are watching over me, protecting me and teaching me new things about myself and you. Lord, I worship you and give you my whole heart in this place to be and do your good will for your glory.