Chapter 17: The Kingdoms’ Fall
The Future Begins Today
I love Kansas! Where else can an elementary science teacher ask her students on a test to list the four seasons and get a majority response: “Dove season, deer season, duck season, and turkey season.”
I don’t know what season of life you are in right now, but I do know this, God has something for you to do. He did for Jeremiah. He told Jeremiah He had a work for him to do. His assignment? Stand in the rubble of Jerusalem and weep. He was also told the people would not listen to him.
That was it, and oddly enough, Jeremiah did it. As the people of Judah were leaving Jerusalem in single file as captives of Babylonia, Jeremiah stood weeping and reminding them that God would bring them back with these words: “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21-23). Sound familiar?
God had something for Jeremiah to do, and He has something for you to do as well. In the New Testament book of Ephesians the apostle Paul writes to the church, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God created in advance for us to do” (Eph. 2:10).
Jeremiah was also to tell the people that God had a plan for them, “to give them a future filled with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. They were part of God’s plan for the future. Did you know that YOU are also part of God’s plan for the future? God wants to work through YOU right now and right where you are to build a better future. God is not concerned about your ability, but your availability.
Just like Jeremiah, God is calling YOU to play a role in His Grand Story. It may be that this is your time to change the direction of your family. Turning from a focus on you alone to a concerning yourself with the things of God. It may be that God is calling you to reach out to a neighbor. Perhaps He is laying on your heart a ministry where there is a need you can’t even see at the moment.
Whatever season of life you are in God is calling you to make a difference, and He is desiring to equip you to make that difference. Right now. Today. Are you available for His purpose? Your future awaits.