Jer 32:6-8, “6 And Jeremiah said, “The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 7 ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field which is in Anathoth, for the right of redemption is yours to buy it. ” 8 ’ … Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.”
In wisdom and faith, providence outweighs miracles. “He made known his ways (providence) to Moses, his acts (miracles) to the people of Israel.” (Psa 103:7) Providence teaches us that God is the creator, sustainer and judge of all things. Your life and its affairs are governed by God’s providence. “for in Him we live and move and have our being…” (Acts 17:28)
Jeremiah was in jail for prophesying that the Babylonians would exile Judah, Zedekiah the king rejected the prophesy and tried to override it (vs 2-3). Here we see God’s providence, He tells Jeremiah to purchase (invest) in a parcel of land despite being in jail (vs. 6-8). The land would be taken by the Chaldeans as they are sent into exile. You and I would question the wisdom of such purchase termed today as a risky investment. Exile did not promise return or if Jeremiah would be alive at the time of return or how would he recover the land? While we question the wisdom of this move, Jeremiah gladly did when he understood it was of the Lord.
This was their encouragement that the Lord in His providence would sustain them in exile, bring them back and his investment would be valuable to his descendants. Preparation for the future by wisdom is God’s providence, for “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children…” (Pro13:22).