Hope in “Exile”

Exile – is a state of being expelled from one’s native country for political or punitive reason.

Sometimes as believers we may feel like our life is in a state of “exile”.

“Exile” in such a way that we don’t feel like ourselves anymore, we don’t feel like we own our freedom, we are not where we thought we are supposed to be, we are not producing the way we are supposed to and we feel stagnant.

This state may arise from within us, from our relationships or even from our jobs. And sometimes this state causes us to be afraid; because we ought to think we are on the loosing end. It therefore, distracts us from committing, doing our best and giving our all.

But one thing we should know is that there is hope in our “exile”. From the book of Jeremiah 29, God sends a message through Jeremiah to reach those in exile, he tells them to continue living their lives and do their best.

Jeremiah 29: 5-7

“Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”
Jeremiah 29:5‭-‬7 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/jer.29.5-7.NLT

Those areas of our lives that feels like exile, those areas that are causing us to be afraid, doubt, hold back and not commit fully, it’s the same areas that God wants us to be courageous, to continue living in faith and hope like we own it.

It’s the same areas that God wants to use to bless us. It may not look like it right now, but just like God is telling those in exile, he also wants us to give our best, in these areas. He wants us to commit fully and to keep producing the best way we know how. And most importantly as we do our best , he is also calling us to pray for these areas.

Simply because the success and welfare of this areas will determine our own success and welfare as well.

And this means that Our commitment and giving ourselves fully in not in vain. When we commit and give our best while being patient and enduring, will not only cause success to those areas of exile but it will cause us to succeed too.

Let’s not forget the exile in our life is always associated with different kind of challanges. We will have a million reasons to give up. Let’s not focus on the challenges, because they are temporary and they will pass like they never existed.

Just because our life feels like exile, and the challenges associated with it is overwhelming, that should not stop us from living our best life, that should not stop us from serving, giving and doing our best .

For God says through Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/jer.29.11.NLT

Despite of going through the challanges we should trust the one who

We should trust that he did not create, chose and redeem us in vain, he had a plan for us, a plan to give us a future and a hope. Therefore our challanges are not new to him, he will not allow us to be harmed. Because even in the season of challenges he is still with us

It is therefore very important to

and live a life of total surrender. Because when we do that, he shows up in the areas of exile in our lives. And when he shows up, things are bound to change for the better.

I don’t know which area of your life that feels like exile, just remember to be strong and to keep giving your best. Apart from that, lean on God and commit yourself in living a life of total surrender. It may look dark right now, but I assure you that light will shine again. For there is absolutely nothing that our God can not do.

All the best.

Effy

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