More to the passage
I love Jeremiah 29:11. I’ll bet you do to. But before we claim the verse, we need to take it in context. Here is the entire paragraph. (Remember that the prophet Jeremiah was addressing the Israelites who were in captivity.)
10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 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. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
Verse 13 is crucial to claiming Jeremiah 29:11 as our own. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” It’s not about what God does for us. It’s about us seeking the Lord. If we seek God, we will want what He wants for us. That’s when the blessing comes.
We may not be in physical exile, but we may feel like we are missing out spiritually. By examining our hearts, we can determine what our motives have been. Are we trying to just get away from the tough times? We need to ask God to help us understand how to respond appropriately while we are in the middle of difficulty.
God has a plan for you, it just may not be revealed today.
May you experience His abundant blessings this Thanksgiving season.
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