Do not lose heart or be afraid when rumors are heard in the land; one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler. NIV
Several people I know have just stopped watching the news on TV. It seems to them, and I can certainly see their point, that the media have tremendous power, and that much of what is contained in these shows is designed to preserve that power through gaining ratings.
It is not clear to me that simple, just the facts ma’am, reporting exists anymore. Perhaps it is not exciting enough for us.
In any case, the current situation absolutely contributes to us experiencing what is described in these verses in Jeremiah. The news and the rumors are upsetting, and they can cause us to lose heart.
This chapter is speaking about the fall of Babylon. I am certain that this is prophecy, but, I don’t know enough about it to know if Babylon already has fallen, or, if this is telling of things that still are to come.
Either way, I find these verses helpful. Perhaps, instead of flipping on the news this morning while I have my breakfast, I’ll just eat in peaceful quiet and listen to the birds singing in my garden.
That will be a good way to start today.