[Reading through Jeremiah recently reminded me of a post I wrote back in April of 2010. Enjoy!]
“At a deacons meeting, a great need in one of the branches of the ministry was being discussed. Prayer was suggested. But Spurgeon interrupted, took a sheet of paper, wrote ‘C.H. Spurgeon £50,’ and passed it around for the others to add their names and amounts. ‘Now, brethren,’ he said, ‘we can conscientiously pray.’” ( J.C. Carlile, Charles Spurgeon: The Great Orator, p. 6,7.)
There is something about a believer that will put his money where his faith is. Jeremiah displays this kind of faith in Chapter 32. If you were watching a movie
about his life, this would not be the most trilling of action scenes. Maybe the time he had the yoke torn from his neck or when he was thrown down a well… that was high drama! This passage is pretty much just a boring real estate transaction. Yet so much more is going on here!
Now it was Jeremiah’s cousin Hanamel that came to him with the prime piece of real estate in question. It was a field in Anathoth… where Jeremiah grew up. At such a great price! Only one problem… it was currently occupied by the enemy of Israel… the Babylonians! When Jeremiah actually took him up on the offer, one commentator said, Hanamel must have been named REALTOR of the YEAR. This is the ocean front property in Arizona scenario!
But Jeremiah was exercising his faith in the promise of God when he signed the deeds. “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Take these documents, both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase, and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time. For this is what the Lord Almighty , the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in the land.” (Jeremiah 32:13-15) Jeremiah wasn’t sinking money into a lost cause… he was investing in the future of Israel. His nation would be making a comeback and to him this was a hot insider tip that he could not pass up.
It begs the question: Where do we invest our money? In a retirement fund? In our many possessions? It is time we really believed in world missions… in ending human trafficking… in helping the homeless… and then believing to the point that we give. It is time that we put our money where our faith is. Only then can we “conscientiously pray” and truly invest in the future of the kingdom of God.