Daily Archives: January 30, 2011

What carries you?

Jeremiah 29: 14

“I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.  I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”  NIV

I heard a beautiful sermon on the 29th chapter of Jeremiah this morning.  I’ve known and loved Jeremiah 29:11 for some time.  Earlier in my project, I worked through verses 11, 12 and 13, but I stopped short of tackling verse 14.  The image of God banishing the Israelites into exile was not a comfortable one for me.  I don’t want to think that I, too, may be carried into exile.  I prefer to think of exile being caused by my own choices, or by external forces.

But, this morning, as I read verse 14, I was struck by this, “I carried you into exile.”

Regardless of how I arrive at places or exile in my own life, God never fails to carry me.  I am His child.  I am gripped tightly in the palm of His hand, and nothing can touch me that doesn’t first past through His fingers.

That doesn’t mean that life here will always be pleasant … there will be times of exile … but, it does mean that I will not be deserted.  Regardless of my earthly circumstances or of my own perspectives, I am carried by the hand of God.

That’s pretty powerful.

That’s what I’ll think about today.

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