Learning to be the Remnant – 8 – Be optimistic

One of the realities of being a remnant is to see and experience the bad stuff. The remnants are the ones who will suffer, will lose, will ultimately be left behind with almost nothing. When this happens the normal reaction is pessimism. Pessimism is “a tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen; a lack of hope or confidence in the future.” or “the tendency to see, anticipate, or emphasize only bad or undesirable outcomes, results, conditions, problems, etc.”

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But in the Scriptures we learn that even through tough times, we should not lose the ability to be optimistic. No matter how hard and difficult is the situation, we should feed our hearts and minds with optimism.

In the Bible we find Jeremiah’s story. He was a prophet from the Lord during a tough time in the lives of his people. God gave him a daunting ministry. He was supposed to deliver a terrible message from God to His people. The message was that the Babylonians would win, conquer, kill, destroy(including the Temple), and take the best of the land captive. Because of that Jeremiah is known as the “weeping prophet” because he cried a lot.

Jeremiah with a few survivors stayed behind, as part of the remnant that  the Babylonians did not kill or take captive to Babylon. God, through Jeremiah, not only explained to the people what was going on and what would happen, but also why those things happened. After some heartbreaking prophecies, God started to tell Jeremiah and the people that things would be better. The message was not a pessimistic one any more, it was an optimistic message. It is at this time that we have this text: “And though the city will be handed over to the Babylonians, you, O Sovereign LORD, say to me, ‘Buy the field with silver and have the transaction witnessed.’ Jeremiah 32:25” In the middle of that desolation God asked Jeremiah to buy a field. That would teach not only Jeremiah and the remnants that stayed, but also those who were taken to Babylon that they should be optimistic. And here is why:

The optimist should recognize and accept reality. The optimist should not be someone who is blind and cannot see the reality. Optimism should happen in the middle of the tragedy. The optimist understand very well what is going on, but does not give in. The optimist should never lose hope. The optimists, as the word describes them, always have hope. In the case of Jeremiah, he received a Word from the Lord that things would be better one day, even though they were bad now. It would change.

Finally, the optimist receives from God the ability to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Being an optimist is to know that there is a God who controls everything and that He is a good God. This is the word that Jeremiah received: “For this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.’ Jeremiah 32:15” God assured Jeremiah and His people that things would change in the future. So, no matter how hard it is to be a member of the  remnants, there is hope. God still has a plan for you and His people. Even if you do not see it now, He is already working on it. Because of that, my brothers and sisters, “stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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