Jeremiah and Peter counsel the exiles to recognize that they are resident aliens; to stop whining about the past and to remember that God is faithful; to stop living for an uncertain future and to live in the moment. If they pray, they will prosper. If they sow gratitude, they will reap hope. If they are faithful, the lives of others will be transformed. As Pastor Doug Scalise puts it: “Gratitude is how faith responds in remembering God’s faithfulness in the past; hope is how faith responds in trusting God’s faithfulness in the future.” We are here because God put us here, to live and love the people nearest to us in Christ-like, life-giving and affirming ways.
- Jeremiah 29:1
- 1 Peter 2:11-17