“For I know the plans I have for you…” Jeremiah 29:11
The 70 years of Babylonian captivity were just about up; an event chronologically that is just about at the end of the Old Testament. Ezekiel and Daniel wrote during the exile, Jeremiah wrote mostly before it, warning the people to reform and return to following God, but they didn’t listen. So prophetically he told them about Babylon and that their best bet was to not resist but to take their punishment, learn their lesson and then… that’s the context of this much loved verse! “When the seventy years are complete… I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place (Jerusalem- home!) For I know the plans I have for you…
And what were those promised plans?
1. that you prosper
2. that you are not harmed
3. that you have hope
4. that you have a future
Though it was written to rebellious people about to enter exile and slavery for 70 years, it has, I believe, a remarkable similarity to what He still wants for me too! But I usually stop too early, with verse 11, when there is so much more in verses 12-14! “Here are the lessons I hope you learn when you are in Babylon so we can get back to accomplishing in your life what I have always wanted,” said God (sort of!)
1. “Call on Me, come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you”
2. “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek for Me with ALL your heart.”
His promise as the conclusion, “I WILL be found by you.”
God, help me not get so captivated by the warm assurance that You have plans for me, just like You did for your people in Jeremiah’s day, that I forget, or miss, the second half—the lessons you want me to learn SO THAT Your assurance can become reality. Teach me the discipline of calling on You, praying to You, seeking You with all my heart, because there is nothing You desire more than to find me and for me to find You.”
Have a great day with the WHOLE beauty of this famous promise,
Quote for the day: “Never give advice. The people who need it probably won't listen, & those who will listen, probably don't need it."
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