Jer. 29: 4 – 7; Matt. 5:14
The choice of where you live can be driven by circumstance or happenstance – we may think we make the choice or at times we have no choice. Israel, was dragged kicking and screaming into captivity, due to their disobedience by the Lord. God made it abundantly clear to them, you will be here for a long time, 70 years, so you might as well make the most of it, he wanted them to live and thrive. God was getting them back to the idea of letting their light shine in a difficult context.
Where you and I live may not be as so hard as Israel’s but we are also invited by the Lord to let His light shine through us to those around us.