Jeremiah 29:11-14 (HCSB)

For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and places where I banished you” — this is the Lord’s declaration. “I will restore you to the place I deported you from.”

     One of my favorite parts of Jeremiah, indeed, one of my favorite parts of the whole Bible.  God—as we see again and again in Jeremiah and the rest of Scripture—brings mercy bubbling up in the middle of judgment.  God’s chosen people are going into exile, smashed and conquered (in the immediate future) by a pagan and ruthless nation and king. But…I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 

     God is always and ever concerned about his people, even when it seems that he is least concerned. This is the promise and hope of Jeremiah and it is the promise and hope of the Christian church through the ages in the grip of pain, suffering, persecution, and death.  God is in control. He loves his people.  He will make all things right. 

     Do you believe that, dear reader?  Is it true in your own life?

     
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