When we face disappointments in life, one of the ways we try to cope with them, is by withdrawing ourselves from our vocations. Many a times, we may keep the motions of work and life rolling, but it may be just passive.
When the people of Judah were taken into exile to Babylon – it offered them the right situation to sulk, become passive, and simply wait for their return to the promised land. It is not uncommon for us to take the easiest and the flimsiest of excuses and use it to stop performing. If that be so, then going into exile was a strong argument to suspend all activities except the bare minimum.
Is this the attitude that keeps many people in their vicious cycles of failure, defeat, and poverty?
However, God taught His people better. He had a vision for them in their days of exile.
He asked them to –
Build houses and live in them.
Plant gardens and eat their produce.
Get married and also see to it that the kids also get married, and that they would procreate.
Seek the welfare of the city where they would be dwelling and pray for that place.
This is God’s economic policy for His children.
No matter where you are – be it home or away from home in exile – there is no single day to be wasted in complaining and whining.
Get up and go about your work, your business. Build resources and also houses and gardens. Build your family life and raise children. Think, work, and pray for the welfare of the place where you are placed.
Yes, you may leave that place in God’s time. But being His blessed children, would you not be leaving it a much better place than you found it in the first place?