Here's this week's Bible study blog post:
The people of Israel were in exile. There was sadness, anger, rage, and probably very little of hope.
And Jeremiah sent a letter.
Do your best to make it work. Build houses. Plant gardens. Have children. Do your best to make things better where you are right now. If you do your best to make things better where you are, things will be better for you where you are.
It sounds like a pep talk. It is a pep talk!
It also sounds like Jeremiah was telling the people in exile that it was time to give up on the dream of returning home and instead to make home where they were.
I think it’s always good to do your best to make the best of any situation, but I don’t think there’s ever really a time to stop working for a just and peaceful world for all.
When is the right time to stop struggling and instead to do your best to make things work with the way things are? Is it ever?