Jeremiah 45

The Word Made Fresh

1This is the word that the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Baruch son of Neriah, which he wrote in a scroll as Jeremiah dictated to him. This was in the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah: 2Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, to you, Baruch: 3You said, “Woe is me! The LORD has given me sorrow upon my pain. I am tired of groaning and can find no rest.” 4Tell him, “Thus says the LORD: I am going to tear down what I have built and pull up what I have planted throughout the whole land. 5And you, are you looking for great things for yourself? Don’t! I am going to visit disaster on every living thing, says the LORD, but I will let you escape with your life even in the midst of war wherever you go.”


1-5: By the way, years ago when Jeremiah had written that scroll and given it to Baruch to read to the people (chapter 36), God told Jeremiah back then that Baruch would not perish when the kingdom of Judah fell, and his life would be spared “in every place in which you may go” — like Egypt, for example.


If you are convinced God has given you a promise, be patient! God’s word will be fulfilled, but in God’s time, not ours.