Being Faithful in a Fragmented World

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Jeremiah 45 entails a message of encouragement to Baruch from God.

Who was Baruch?

Baruch was Jeremiah’s faithful scribe and friend. Baruch was obedient to God and was beside Jeremiah through his ministry. Baruch wrote all the words God instructed Jeremiah to in a scroll and even at times spoke on Jeremiah’s behalf as we see in Jer 36:10.

Because of Baruch’s faithfulness and obedience to God, he along with Jeremiah were sought after by King Jehoiakim. Baruch too shared Jeremiah’s anguish of finding themselves in challenging circumstances because of their faithfulness to God.

Baruch’s words to God

In verse 2-3 we read “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch: You said, ‘Woe to me! The Lord has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.”

These words give us a glimpse into the heaviness in Baruch’s heart. It implies a weariness that seeped deeper than just physical tiredness but more so seemed to stem from being emotionally weary. But within that cry to God is also a very self-focused complaint. Baruch’s cry is very ‘Me’ focused. He says Woe to me! My pain, I am worn out and find no rest.

For us: There is no fault in pouring our hearts out to God when we struggle with something, but God had a word for his weary faithful servant and He wanted Baruch to view things through a different lens. 

God’s words to Baruch

Jeremiah 45:4-5 outlines God’s message to Baruch through Jeremiah “But the Lord has told me to say to you, ‘This is what the Lord says: I will overthrow what I have built and uproot what I have planted, throughout the earth. Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.’”

As Baruch stood alongside Jeremiah and kept on hearing the words of judgement for the disobedient people of Judah, the impending doom was eventually what Baruch might have begun to focus more on. And that would have sat heavy on his heart making him focus on the bleak future that lay ahead for him.

For us: How often do we narrow our vision to all that seems to be going wrong around us?  And just like Baruch, even though we are filled with the knowledge that God is with us, it can be hard to not let the messes in front of and around us chip away at our perspective on things.

God is Sovereign and Almighty

The Lord begins with reminding Baruch of His sovereign power. Either being in difficult situations ourselves or being a part of a world that seems stubborn in not recognising their need for God can often leave one with a feeling of helplessness making one woeful of all that is happening. But just as God reminded Baruch that He is the one who builds and uproots throughout the earth, it is a reminder for us too that however removed from God things might seem to us, they are never out of His watchful eye, His sovereign will and His control.

What are you seeking?

With God’s words to Baruch of the surety of overthrow and uprooting of the nation of Judah, God then points to the futility of seeking seemingly great things. The seemingly great things that God refers to are those that have only earthly value, that which perishes with our time here in the world.

For us: What are the seemingly great things that we might have set our hearts on and are seeking after? Are we rightfully valuing the things of God above our earthly pursuits?

Baruch was the son of Neriah, in Jer 51:59 we read of another son of Neriah, Seraiah, and he is described as a staff officer of king Zedekiah. In the eyes of the world, between the two brothers, Seraiah had the position, the comfort and the acceptance of the people then. But Baruch pursued the things of God rather than the things of this world. In his moments of glum ponderings, Baruch might have been prone to compare his situation with his brother’s and hence the Lord reminding him to recalibrate what to set his heart’s desires on and what he should be seeking after. There is nothing clearer in the message than God saying to Baruch, “Seek them not”

God’s words are a reminder to Baruch to shift his focus back on God, on God’s call and purpose on His life. May this be a reminder for us too, to reflect on what we are seeking after. Trust the Lord, let Him be the centre of your world.

And God ends His message with a promise of protection. Baruch would face hardships, but he would always have God with him. A precious reminder for us that we will never be without God and that is the greatest assurance we can have.  

To stand for the things of God with conviction, consistency and faithfulness in the midst of a people who were stubborn in their sin and refused to repent, was a call God placed on Jeremiah’s and Baruch’s life. When we read through Jeremiah, we harbor a very lonely road for him on his God given path but knowing that Baruch, his scribe and friend was beside him reminds us that God in a way did provide that support for both of them through that friendship. That does not negate one’s dependence on God but it sure does make walking the narrow road a little bit easier. They shared a bond of faithfulness to God.

For many of us we may not be called to be walking like Jeremiah in the front and centre on a public platform. But like Baruch we can be faithful friends and supporters to each other as we walk the narrow path, pursuing the things of God, living out His plan and purpose for our lives and being faithful to the Almighty.

God Bless. 

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  1. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Proverb 25:11
    Your word about Baruch was an encouragement from Yahweh to me this morning! I very much needed this! THANX for being faithful. ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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  2. Such a great message with many key points. The past few months have been stressful for me and my family. And at times my vision has been narrowed to see only the problems we faced. So thank you for the reminder to keep my focus on Almighty God because He is always with us.
    Also, what Jeremiah and Baruch faced isn’t too far from what we face today as Christians. We must stand in our faith even though the world around us is turning from God. We can remain strong, as we cling to Him, and find other faithful friends to walk the narrow road. Great post, my friend! Many blessings! ♥️

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    1. When things happen that are stressful we do tend to focus on all that is wrong and that adds even more stress.
      True that what Jeremiah and Baruch faced is not too far from what we do today. May we stand strong in faith along with our brothers and sisters in Christ living lives worthy of witnessing for Christ.
      Thank you my friend and have a blessed weekend. May the Lord bless you with peace. 💙🌺

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  3. Hey, Manu! My Hebrew professor loves Baruch and weeps talking about him. Everyone needs a Baruch and I pray that I am that person to many in ministry. I pray to be faithful with the small tasks that I will be faithful with the larger ones. Our lives are mostly built on small steps of faith rather than large leaps. I am humbled and amazed by God’s sovereignty. Thank you for this great study on an often overlooked yet very important man of God. Praying for you! Love, hugs and blessings!

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    1. I too want to be like that to Thomas that God puts in my life. So true that being faithful with smaller tasks builds us up to be faithful in larger ones.
      Thank you So much Mandy 🤗🌺

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  4. It is so easy to focus and worry about what is wrong or what we feel needs to be changed. Instead of worrying about things we can’t control, we need to believe in God’s promises and shift our focus back on Him.

    A favorite quote of mine that Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Thanks, Manu, for your informative post! 💗🌷🌺

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  5. Thanks Manu, you made so many great points here. This reminds me first to be thankful in all circumstances and to keep God’s perspective. Secondly, this reminds me it’s ok to pour my heart out to God, but to also be open to what He has to say and be willing to obey His instructions. ❤️

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  6. Thank you for reminding me that Indeed there is no fault in pouring our hearts out to God when we struggle with something. Jeremiah is a perfect example for every growing Christian. Thank you for studying this book Manu, you rebuke me in so many ways and I blessed to be here today and just grow in my faith in God. Be blessed!

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  7. Wow, Manu! This is so powerful. Especially when you stated, “How often do we narrow our vision to all that seems to be going wrong around us? ” This really speaks to me right here, right now! Thanks for your obedience with your God-given gift ! I needed this sooo much!

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