Don’t Miss the Good That’s Coming.
Jeremiah 29:32 “. . . therefore thus says the LORD: Behold, I will punish Shemaiah of Nehelam and his descendants. He shall not have anyone living among this people, and he shall not see the good that I will do to my people, declares the LORD, for he has spoken rebellion against the LORD.’ ”
Shemaiah stirred up trouble against Jeremiah. He called for him to be shut up and even locked up because of his prophecy of a long captivity. As a result, Shemaiah and his family were cursed. His line would end. But there was more than that.
Jeremiah did not only prophecy the long captivity in Babylon, he also prophesied the great restoration and the future hope of Israel. Chapters 30-32 are wonderful comforts to God’s people and they look forward to the greater son of David; our Lord Jesus Christ.
Shamaiah’s loss for his rebellion would be “he shall not see the good that I will do to my people.”
Jeremiah expects that God’s people would want to see beyond the difficult providences of God to the good. Those who rebel against him in times of trial may miss that good. They may not be around or they may not recognize it when it comes.
In everything that is going on in our world today, God plans a good that he will do to his people. Ultimately that good is our sanctification and its end, eternal life. Don’t you want to see it? Stay faithful, be watchful, and keep waiting. You won’t want to miss it.