I bought the field at Anathoth. (Jer. 32:9)
Expanded Passage: Jeremiah 32:6-15
I heard of a program where inmates in prison can get a college degree while serving time. While stuck in a hard place, they can make investments into their future, even if it’s a rather unseen and unknown future. That kind of work, studying for college classes while incarcerated, is an act of faith. It is like Jeremiah buying a field during a time of siege warfare. It’s an investment of hope. It is a conviction that things will not always be this bad and that good times are yet to come.
When we are struggling or experiencing conflict, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. The enemy can tell us lies like, “It’s always going to be this way.” This kind of thinking leads to a desperate and depressed heart. But God’s Word says otherwise. We have been given “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). The sun will shine again. God will get us through. And we will eventually plant new seeds in that field that we purchased in faith. Those seeds will grow, and a harvest will come. How do we know? Because Jesus conquered death. We may have to face difficulties, but our hope is anchored in his infinite power to overcome all darkness and bring us safely into his heavenly kingdom.
Speak words of hope to someone who is discouraged.
Jarod Osborne is lead pastor of Pathway (Wesleyan) Church, in Warsaw, Ind.. He is the author of Jaded Faith (WPH).
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.