Plans & Promises

One of the most well known and most memorized verses of Scripture is Jeremiah 29:11. Jeremiah2911-jpegI came across it tonight as I prepared for bed.  I had no plans on posting on the blog tonight, but I loved what God spoke through this verse and those surrounding it so I wanted to share while it was still fresh. Here is the full passage I want to share:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will store your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. (Jeremiah 29:11-14)

The Lord makes these promises to the very people (the Israelites) He exiled for disobeying Him and straying from Him. In the Old Testament, He invites them back into His arms over and over again despite their wrongdoings. This is one such example. He promises them a future and a  HOPE and reconciliation and restoration. He could have chosen to blast them off the face of the planet, but He doesn’t. He could do whatever He wanted to with them, and this is what He chooses: To be their provider, storehouse, rescuer, and redeemer. Wow, what a promise! These are inconceivably valuable promises to the greatest of all people, let alone the sinners and beggars and accusers and abusers and liars. These promises are a promise for tomorrow, a new day.

I purchased a new Bible today after using the same one for quite some time. It’s incredible. It’s the ESV Student Study Bible and I highly recommend it based on my small amount of use so far. Within moments of reading this passage in the book of Jeremiah, I began studying the related notes at the bottom of the page.  It  really hit me hard in reference to verse 13 (“You will seek me and find me w hen you seek me with all your heart…”) when it directed me to John 6:35-40, which reads:

I am the Bread of Life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst…. All that the Father gives me will come to m, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of Him who sent me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

So, once we have sought after Him with our whole hearts and proclaimed Jesus as our Savior, we are accepted into the Body of Christ. And from then on, we will not be rejected by God. No matter how far we run or stray, we should never fear being rejected by God. Because Jesus has already taken care of that for us on the Cross.

Jesus’s sacrifice is the most tangible proof of the Lord’s love for us and the value of His promises. So when He promises me that my future is secure and that I have hope, I should strive harder to believe that. Because it’s God we’re talking about here. If He promises me a future, hope, and His consistent grace, He will carry that out for me just as He says.

What a great God we love and serve. I am thankful for His guidance in my future and His presence in my heart that provides a stillness so essential to following God in the days ahead.

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