Read: Jeremiah 29:10-14
I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD. (v. 11)
Jeremiah 29:11 is one of the most-quoted verses of the Hebrew Bible. There is something universally comforting about God’s promise of “hope and a future” (NIV). But the verses surrounding it are no less powerful. God opened with a revelation: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you” (v. 10). This verse reveals two astounding things: The exile would not last forever, and God sent his people to the pagan empire to advance his saving purposes.
He followed with an invitation: “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (v. 13). God would accompany his people into exile and would be fully available when they needed him most.
What does this message mean for us? First, our troubles will not last forever. God already has in his sights the resolution of whatever season of sadness or struggle you face. Second, our troubles serve God’s plan of redemption. He is able to use times of adversity to advance his saving purposes. Third, God is always within reach. Through Jesus, God removed the barrier of our sin. By the Holy Spirit, God touches us with his love and life. God will be found by us when we seek him with all our hearts.
Our God is the one who guarantees us hope and a future. Our hope is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our future is an eternity with him. —Ben Van Arragon
As you pray, seek God with all your heart.
About the Author
Ben Van Arragon is a pastor, husband, and father of two teenage daughters. He has served the First Christian Reformed Church of Detroit since 2008. He writes and produces video teaching on the Bible and Reformed creeds and confessions. His writing for Words of Hope includes series on Jeremiah, Exodus, and Work and Rest.