Scripture Nugget 8.27.2016

“Thus says the LORD: I am going to break down what I have built, and pluck up what I have planted – that is, the whole land. And you, do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for I am going to bring disaster upon all flesh, says the LORD; but I will give you your life as a prize of war in every place to which you may go.” Jeremiah 45:4b-5

God responds to Baruch’s complaint. In a time when God is breaking down and plucking up, Baruch should be thanking God for not doing the same to him. Instead of complaining things are working out the way he wished them to, he should praise God for grace upon his person. “Rejoicing in sorrow does not mean denying the sadness that we feel, but instead means that God can work in us even then to help us grow in love.” (Wesleyan Core Term, Heaviness, Wesley Study Bible, pg 957)