“Thus says the Lord: “Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work, declares the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope for your future, declares the Lord, and your children shall come back to their own country.” Jeremiah 31:16-17
This was a word of encouragement and prophecy given by the Lord through the prophet Jeremiah for the Israelites. They were in captivity in Babylon. Hope I am sure hope was fading. Their work seemed in vain. God was reassuring them.
What Intake from this, is that one day they will return home. They will return to the land that God gave them. That is a promise they can keep their hope in.
For me, I can stand on the promise that there is a reward for work. We currently live in a culture that wants everything now. There is a demand for more monty and less work. People want now what it to their parents and grandparents to achieve.
The reward of success rarely happens overnight. It takes what Darren Hardy calls the compound effect. He reminds small things done consistently will eventually lead to the reward. That is work. God rewards our work, especially that of the Kingdom. Everything can become the work of the Kingdom if we allow it.
The second thing for me, is that there is a hope for the future. I look forward to the return of Christ and there is hope in that. We can also have hope now as we can bring Heaven on earth. “On earth as it is in Heaven“ is our prayer. There is a hope for that manifestation on the hear and now.
Prayer – Lord, thank You for Your hand upon blessed Israel. Bring Your chosen people back to the land of their inheritance. Lord, help me to develop consistency in all my work. I don’t do it for the reward, but I know you will. Lord, I pray Your Kingdom come Your will be done in my life on earth as it is in Heaven. I pray these things in Jesus name. amen.