True Riches in God’s Kingdom
“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Have you ever felt discouraged? Do you feel down? Or do you feel tired? Do you feel like nothing falls into place and that everything you do just simply fails?
God is constantly listening. Your every woe will be answered. Just reach out to Him and you will surely find the answers to your deepest questions. This is how prayers work. We won’t realize it, but God is working in ways unimaginable. All He requires is that we trust Him and have faith that everything is going according to His Divine Plan.
The Importance of Work and Prayer
“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
What must we do to prosper? The Lord has proclaimed, through the prophet Jeremiah the divine formula to our divine prosperity.
This prosperity is richness not in this material world but in the resurrection, as we enter the kingdom of Heaven, where our true riches lie. What do these riches pertain to? How can we attain them? These, God will answer through various instruments.
This passage reflects that we are called to different vocations, “build houses and settle down, plant gardens and eat what they produce.” Some of us were created to be professionals, doctors; saving lives and treating illnesses, some to be farmers, plowing the land and planting seeds to provide food for man and a place of dwelling for animals, some to be brothers, and sisters and mothers and fathers.
We are made for this.
We must work and carry on our daily functions, struggles in love. One must have a personal connection with Our Lord.”
We must know our Lord. We must know Him and His plans for us, through speaking to him in prayer. “Am I on the right path, oh Lord?” The more we pray, the more we speak to Him. The more we speak to him, the more we can know Him. And, the more we know him, the more we can love Him.
Our Lord has created this world in a specific order. And we must stay in this order, stay in His love for us to achieve eternal prosperity and happiness. This is what He wills us to do. Sure, it may be quite an uneasy path, but in the end, it will all be worth it.
And so we pray, “Lord, help us grow the way You have created us to, may we, through Your grace and goodness, want and pursue, the things that will be for the welfare of our Souls, and will lead us closer to You, in Heaven, Amen.”