Jeremiah 29:11-13 New Living Translation
“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. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
The first verse of Jeremiah 29 explains what this chapter is about; “Jeremiah wrote a letter from Jerusalem to the elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar.” It was meant to bring hope of a captive people. Their sinful disobedience toward God and his established law led them to the dilemma they now find themselves. It is a good illustration of those today who disobey the Lord, thinking they can simply give him a head nod and keep on rolling along.
God had preordained plans for those who heeded his call back in Jeremiah’s day and he still does to this very day. For those who reach out to him, God has plans for a desirable future, which should give us all hope. For those who like to walk the line between good and evil, listen carefully; it’s those who seek the Lord with their whole heart, not those who live a half-hearted, non-committed life that are the beneficiaries of God’s grace, compassion and mercy. Those who are knocked off course by any wind that blows need to increase their focus on Christ and what he desires from them.
God sought to give the people of Israel a new start, putting aside all they had done previous to that moment in time. That’s exactly what he offers the unregenerate soul today; freedom, forgiveness and power to conquer future temptations to sin. What a great God to care for us so much that he provides all we will ever need this side of heaven. He is truly worthy of all our praise. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Living Application Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.