The Prize of Life

Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch:  “You said, ‘Woe is me now! For the Lord has added grief to my sorrow.  I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.’”  Thus you shall say to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, what I have built I will break down, and what I have planted I will pluck up, that is, this whole land.  And do you seek great things for yourself?  Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh,” says the Lord. “But I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.” (Jeremiah 45:5, NKJV)

Just as He assures Baruch in this passage, God warns us not to place the value of things that we seek over that of our own lives, because He will bring adversity/disaster on all flesh.  In turn, this adversity/disaster allows the precious prize that is our life to shine forth much brighter than any gold or silver that may be obtained in this world.

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