Sometimes things get worse before they get better. The new covenant prophesied by Jeremiah is an unqualified positive for the people of Israel and Judah, “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” God promises a new day marked by full forgiveness and personal presence. A day was coming when Jerusalem would be rebuilt, when forsaken places would be sacred. That day was coming, but it wasn’t here yet. Jeremiah’s prophecy of the new covenant is followed with a very different message, “Behold, I am giving this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall capture it.” Sometimes things get worse before they get better, and when they do, it can be hard to hold onto hope. Jeremiah, however, continued to trust the Lord, buying the field he told him to buy even when he didn’t understand what was going on. Why would God want Jeremiah to buy a field the Chaldeans were about to seize? It was a sign of faith and a marker of hope–there was a day to come when what was seized by Babylon would be restored to Israel. God would keep His earlier promises to David and His promises to Jeremiah. Sometimes things get worse before they get better, but God will keep His promises to you.