Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
In this text God's people, the children of Israel was in Babylon captivity due to sin and disobedience to God. For many generations, God's people had been doing their own thing, going their own way, living life to please the flesh and wilfully disobeying God's laws.
Jeremiah, the Prophet along with many other Prophets prior to him had warned God's people to turn away from idolatry and sin and turn back to God, but instead, they continued in their way. Now, what God has prophesied through His prophets of old about their captivity is their current lot.
Even in the midst of captivity, pain and suffering at the doings of self, God sent them a word of hope through the prophet Jeremiah.
No, consequences for disobedience to God does not feel good but they work for our good.
Israel's Babylonian captivity was a part of God's plan for His people. Yes, it was His judgment for their sin, but His plan did not end with His judgment against them for it because He declared to them in this text He indeed has a plan, hope and future in store for them after captivity.
As parents we discipline our children for wrong doings but it does not make us love them any less. We discipline them because we love them and want to correct their ways. The same with God and us!
God' love for His people is truly amazing! God had plans for His rebellious people. He was thinking about them. And God thinks about us too!
Feeling hopeless, abandoned, depressed, rejected, disappointed by life's circumstances? There is hope on today for God's Word declares that He know the plans He has for you.
Keep in mind that Israel was in a place where they felt defeat, abandoned, rejected, forsaken and unloved. They were in a lot of pain.
Remember, God is everywhere! Our destination does not determine God's presence. God is the Sovereign God and He is everywhere. Indeed, He is a very present help in time of trouble.
God has made this promise to his people concerning His presence with them. He promise to never leave nor forsake us.
People of God, we must rise above the circumstances of life that attempts to cause us to believe that God does not love or care for us because of what we are going through. I don't care what you may be going through, NOTHING is hopeless with God. You and Him are the majority!
Our exile may not be Babylon, but willful sin has caused us to be exiled in the muddy waters of sin. The good news on today is that God is willing to show us mercy and restore us to our rightful place in Him if we confess, repent and turn from our wicked ways.
Remember, there is a purpose in the pain!