Re:Verse reading–Jeremiah 29:1-14 (day three)
Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.
You like to tell yourself you don’t want to “settle”, so you keep looking past this moment for something better. But you really don’t know what you’re looking for. Much of the history of the Old Testament can be summarized thusly: If you won’t live here, you won’t live anywhere. Later, Jesus said the same in various ways. “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” And, “Whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” There’s nothing that you are afraid to do at this moment that you’ll have the moral courage to do in some idealized future. The Lord draws near now. Live.