|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.|
|For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.|
|'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.|
|Jeremiah 29:11 |
Verse 11 is a powerful promise to claim when you are "in exile." God thinks about you personally and is planning for you. His plans are for peace, not war, so you need not fear the future. His plans are purposeful, so let Him work out His will. No matter how difficult your situation may be, do not waste your suffering by resisting God.
: Thomas Nelson.Did you know?
Jer-emiah was speaking to the people of Judah in a time of national disaster. The Babylonians were about to take and destroy the holy city. The people who heard Jeremiah's words would soon be carried from their homeland and resettled in pagan Babylon. Yet through Jeremiah, God promised that one day the Jews would return to their homeland. The national disaster was not a sign that God had abandoned them, nor should His present discipline make them give up hope. Instead, the people of Judah could take comfort in the fact that God planned to do them good. In spite of the present distress, in God they had hope and a future.