This week’s Bible reading from Jeremiah 32 has a whole lot of “times are tough . . . blah blah . . . buy some fields . . . blah blah . . . make the transactions all legal . . . blah blah . . . protect the deeds so they last . . . :”
And then one great line at the end. “Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.”
Things are tough – but better times are coming.
It’s a theme that runs through all the Bible. God creates, we mess up, God restores, we mess up, God restores, we mess up . . .
Things are tough – God restores.
In this weeks reading the restoration is about land. Notice that the land isn’t taken by force. It isn’t taken away from someone who is now without a place. The land is purchased with an eye on a time of restoration coming.
There is something comforting about having a place.
A place to rest, a place to be safe, a place to gather, a place to be welcomed.
Do you know a place like that? How are you offering a place like that?