One of the neat things about reading through the Bible in different sections each day is that on back to back days I’ve read about Solomon constructing this magnificent temple in 1 Kings 8 then it being completely destroyed here in Jeremiah 52. To see these things juxtaposed next to each other is humbling, a little discouraging, but also promising.

The amazing house of the LORD that held the glory of God is destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar….

And he burned the house of the LORD, and the king’s house and all the houses of Jerusalem; every great house he burned down.

This put the finishing touch on Judah’s downfall. Babylon had now completely wiped them out. This was used by God to judge their sin and to turn them to repentance, but the doubt in God’s promises and utter shock of the people can’t be shoved to the side.

Although this was prophesied by Jeremiah and others, it still came as a surprise. After trusting God to bring them where he had, I can’t imagine the doubt this would have caused.

And yet God was still faithful. He was still in control. He was still, “watching over his word to perform it” as Jeremiah 1:12 says. He had a bigger plan in mind and had promised them through the prophet Jeremiah to bring them back. They were being disciplined but not utterly forsaken.

This is encouraging that even in my greatest moments of despair, God is still in control and faithful to his promises. When all hope seems to be lost, God is at work.

Thank you God for your faithfulness to your promises and your goodness to me. It is all surely by grace that I have not only breath, a family, good health, etc… but your favor on me! And even if I were to lose all of those tomorrow, you are still there. Help me to trust you. Help me to cling to your promises, for you will never forsake yourself.

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