God Has a Plan
Take a deep breath in.
Now say with me, "God has a plan."
Repeat as many times as necessary.
While things may currently seem unclear, the more I seek God's will for my life, the clearer things become. God has never revealed all of His plans, but He's also never left me in the dark. I get a piece or two at a time of the puzzle, and slowly but surely the picture becomes clearer.
Jeremiah 29:11 is such a beautiful and empowering verse, the source of many sermons. It's been plastered onto T-shirts, mugs, frames, and other merchandise.
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
In the preceding chapters, God warned Israel through Jeremiah that they were ripe in iniquity and had turned their hearts from God, listening to false prophets and diviners. Time and time again, God told Jeremiah to tell His people to turn away from their wicked ways and repent, and, if they did, then He would turn His wrath from them. However, they continued in their wickedness and wound up being led away into captivity in Babylon. As it turned out, the people needed to be brought to this place so they could actually hear God speaking to them. In Chapter 29, the Lord sent Jeremiah to this place of bondage and gave him a very clear message to deliver (verses 5-10):
Build homes and live in them
Plant gardens and eat from them
Be married and bear children
Seek peace in the city and pray to the Lord for peace
- Don’t listen to false prophets
He then told them they would be held in captivity for 70 years, while doing the things He asked them to accomplish. At this point, they're probably reeling — 70 years, what?! And then He comes out with the power verse: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
That's the beauty of the story.
He is saying that even though you refused to listen to my many pleas and did not turn back to me, I still love you. I have thoughts of peace towards you, and not evil. He's telling them that even though they've messed up and placed themselves in captivity, He still loves them and He doesn't want them to be in bondage. He's saying, "I have a plan."
Do we find ourselves in a place of captivity?
Have we made mistakes?
Have we not listened to what He's trying to tell us?
Well, there's good news! We can still turn back to the Lord and repent. He still loves us and has an expected end for each one of us. We need to seek Him and remember that God still loves us and wants to bring us out of our captivity!
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