“But you, are you seeking great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I am going to bring disaster on all flesh,” declares the Lord, “but I will give your life to you as booty in all the places where you may go.” – Jeremiah 45:5
Baruch was Jeremiah’s scribe who was charged with the difficult task of not only accurately recording God’s prophecies (spoken through the prophet), but also delivering the content of those prophecies (the word of God) to Judah’s rebellious leaders. Even though he was only the messenger, Baruch must have often felt that his own life was in danger or at least that any hopes of his own societal advancement were quickly fading before his eyes. His attachment to Jeremiah meant that his fate was also joined to the one he served.
We, as servants of the “Word of God,” are reminded by Baruch’s experience that obedience to God must supersede our own desires for earthly advancement. Of course, that obedience also guarantees us divine protection from eternal punishment. Baruch was only promised one thing for his faithful service, safe passage, and so are we, right into the halls of heaven itself!
Now that is prosperity.
I have to learn that the aim in life is God’s, not mine. – Oswald Chambers
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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