God called Jeremiah to prophesy from childhood. He risked his life to tell the unpopular truth of Jerusalem's destruction. The people deserted worship of God to worship the Idol Baal with the evil practices of that religion, such as sacrificing the children (sound familiar?). He often had to contradict the "ear-ticklers" who told the people what they wanted to hear. Then Jeremiah gave God's true word.
Jeremiah 29 tells of the surviving people carried to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah prophesies that in seventy years God will return them to Jerusalem. Those left in Jerusalem will suffer destruction.
God doesn't make the above prophesy to everyone. He iterates that the Jewish exiles will serve Him with all their heart, souls, minds, and strength (my translation).
2020 brought trouble, including death in every nation. With all the passion we have, we long for the above prophecy to apply to us. Unlike many people, I don't believe 2020 ends on New Year's Eve. But if we as a nation return to the Almighty Creator, we will experience the promise above. Otherwise . . .
Dear Lord, forgive us our sins as individuals and as a nation. Let each person (me) love You with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength.
See you in 2021
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