You know what? I love God.
Every morning, I start off my day with reading my Bible. Recently, I’ve been reading through the book of Jeremiah, and this morning I came to chapter 29.
I’m sure you’re all like, “Yeah, yeah, Jen, you’re going to go to verse 11.”
Yes — but only for some of it.
I read Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'”
Now, if you don’t mind, I’d just like to insert what I wrote down this morning after reading that:
So often, we read and quote Jeremiah 29:11 by itself — and for good reason, because it’s an amazing promise from God and a source of hope. But I know I failed to see it in context before. After reading through Jeremiah, the promise and hope found in verse 11 means so much more.
God had allowed the Israelites to be captured by the Babylonians because they had openly rebelled against Him. He offered them chance after chance to turn back to Him, but they refused and continued to disobey.
So, the Babylonians captured the Israelites and took them away from their city as captives.
But God still offered them hope.
Jeremiah 29:10, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again.'”
He gave them the promise that they would be freed in 70 years. And not only that, He then told them (in verse 11) that He knew them and wanted to give them a good future. That’s beautiful.
Even now, we know that we’re going to go through some hard times, but God lets us know that He has ordered our steps. Even though we may not know how long it may take to be freed from the struggles or chains, He has promised us freedom and this good will, if we choose to follow Him.
But don’t stop there — verses 12 and 13 are so good too! Jeremiah 29:12-13 — “In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
Let me just say I had no idea I would absolutely need those words today — and let me tell you, I absolutely needed those words today.
But God knew.
And let me just say: Even if you find yourself in one of the worst storms you’ve faced, God still knows where you are.
More than that, He knows you.
He formed you for a purpose, and He won’t just leave you hanging.
No, if we choose to love Him and follow Him, He promises us a future filled with hope and good plans.
God isn’t the only one involved here, though. We have to make the choice to follow him. We, as humans, can choose to disregard His promises and follow our own paths, like the Israelites did in the verses above.
But know this: God doesn’t break His promises.