“Even in Exile” – Thoughts on God’s Faithfulness 

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“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV

Seasons change.

We can see it in nature. The cycle of seasons looks different in various parts of the world. While it is summer in Los Angeles, it is winter in Sydney (imagine celebrating Christmas during summer?)

Just like there are different seasons in nature, our lives go through different seasons as well. These new seasons can be marked by a new job or a new relationship. They can also be marked by the loss of a job or the end of a relationship. Nonetheless, we all go through these changes.

Change can also be overwhelming. It can cause feelings of insufficiency or fear. How then do we face change?

When we are going through a change of seasons the key is to stay planted in God’s love and faithfulness.

Jeremiah spoke of such stance. Jeremiah knew that the people of Israel were about to face one of the biggest changes in their history, exile and captivity. His call to the people of Israel was to trust God. In trusting God, the people of Israel would be able to withstand the coming season.

You know you are planted when change comes and you choose to trust God. You can be in exile or you can be in the promised land but your trust in God remains.

Eventually, God delivered Israel from exile. If you recall, God had once delivered Israel from the oppression of Egypt and now God had delivered Israel from the oppression of Babylon. God, once again demonstrated his love and faithfulness toward Israel.

Rest assured that the God that has been faithful to you, will continue to be faithful. He delivered you once from Egypt, He will surely deliver you again from Babylon. God will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. That is a promise.

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