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. 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. In those days when you pray, I will listen.”
I challenge you to read the entirety of Jeremiah 29 on your own, especially because I’ll be talking about it here.
Many of the people of Israel were exiled to Babylon. God encouraged Jeremiah to write a letter to those exiles. In this letter, Jeremiah told them (in modern-day terms) to settle in and live life.
Often times, I find that we quote Jeremiah 29:11 as a way to say that everything will be okay and that God will only let good things happen to us. But that’s because we take that verse out of context.
Jeremiah wasn’t penning these words to tell the exiles that they were through the hard times and would be back home soon. He was telling them that – eventually (after 70 years) – they would be brought back home and God had a positive plan for the future of His people.
I don’t tell you this to discourage you. Quite the opposite.
God is always aware of what we’re going through. He doesn’t keep us from experiencing the hard and negative aspects of life. Actually, these things help us to grow and mature in our relationship with Him and they also allow us to be supports for our brothers and sisters who go through the same things as us.
Tough times don’t mean that God has forgotten about you. It also doesn’t mean your relationship with Him is broken. It is simply life. Life happens and God is with you the entire time. Every season of your life will teach you and prepare you for what’s coming.
Things might not always be positive. But if you trust God at His Word, then you’ll know that He will see you through every event and season in your life.
No matter what happens, don’t give up on God’s love in your life. He is with you always. God knows where He’s taking you, and that is where you can draw on the hope He provides for you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for never leaving me. Help me to remember that, though bad times come, You are always with me. Help me to trust Your plans for my future. Amen.
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