Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
This verse was not written during the height of Judah’s faithfulness to God. It was written while they were captives in Babylon. There are times in our lives that may feel like we are in the midst of a spiritual dry spell. Perhaps even wonder if God has forgotten us. God has not forgotten us. He still has a plan for our lives. The temptation during such times may be to succumb to discouragement and apathy. It is during these times that it is important to remember the two verses that follow Jeremiah 29:11.
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12, 13.
As God’s children, we always have the blessing of God’s presence and the promise that, “I will listen to you.” However, we must come before Him wholeheartedly. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."There are seasons in our lives where God is preparing us for a new beginning. Embrace His plans to, “Give you hope and a future.” It is often on the anvil of difficulties that God shapes us for a fresh, new start with Him!
Blessings, Dr. Joe