And I read:
“You are the most amazing man I’ve ever met. I’m so grateful that you are in my life. Whenever I see you, I get overly excited. I know that life gets busy, but when my mind rests, I think of you. I can’t wait until we can spend some intimate time together.
I love you always.”
First thing I want to share is that this is not a real letter from my best friend’s wife. I must share this because we don’t need to get into any arguments.
(And by the way, my wife is my best friend… In case she asks 🙂 )
Second thing I want to share is this: Imagine if this was a real letter. Go with me, I have a point. Imagine if your wife (or husband) wrote you this incredible letter filled with love, sex, passion, longing for you and the list goes on and on. Now imagine someone is at your house and finds this letter written specifically for you and removes the beginning/ dedication of the letter (“My beloved So and So”) and takes this letter and starts showing it to everyone saying, “Look what Michael’s wife says about me… She is longing to be with me. She can’t imagine her life without me,” and on and on. Not only would the writer of the letter be upset, but so would the person to whom it was written. Right?
My wife would be embarrassed about this person sharing a letter she wrote for me. And I would be angry with this friend for purposely ignoring the part of the letter that said, “For my beloved husband, Michael.”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
How many times has this been broadcasted around churches and on social media?
The problem? The problem comes when we read the dedication:
This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. (Jeremiah 29:1)
Now, let’s read Jeremiah 29:10, 11 and 12
This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:10-12)
I’m telling you this because I’m not trying to rain on your parade. God loves you and has good things for you in this life and the life to come which I will discuss later. But for me to take a text written for one person or people and say that it’s for me is irresponsible.
Of course, people can say, “Oh, brother Michael, don’t you know that we are exiled from God who is in Heaven? It very much applies to me.” That is true. All of you reading this, God does have a plan for us and a hope given to us in Jesus Christ. But, as I say, this letter is not for you, unless you were carried out by King Nebuchadnezzar making you a few thousand years old.
I’m writing this post as somewhat of a prequel of an upcoming post, perhaps a series of posts, on the true Biblical prosperity message that is true and meant for all of us (which also tells us more about the true holiness of God). So, as children of God, children of a promise (Hebrews 11) take it upon yourself to be fully informed. And take this part of the letter and practice it:
“You will seek me (God) and find me (God) when you seek me (God) with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)