“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.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
In other versions of the Bible the word, “thoughts” are changed to the word, “plans”. This seems like a straightforward, direct, no holds bar, statement on the outside. Let us look on the inside. This statement sounds out of context like God is talking to every single person individually. Let’s take a look at Jeremiah 29:4 (KJV)) and test this fact;
“Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;”
Do my eyes deceive me? Does that look like a one or all? By George I think is talking to ALL His people instead of just one person at a time. I guess God can get tired of saying the same thing over and over again. (LOL) So the you in Jeremiah 29:11 is not meant for an individual but for all of God’s people. Isn’t it grand that God knows our thoughts before we do?
Okay, let’s look at something else that may surprise you even more. There was a condition on this promise. Let’s look at Jeremiah 29:10 (KJV);
“For thou saith the Lord, that after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, to causing you to return to this place.”
Did I read that right? God’s wasn’t coming right then? He’s going to make His people wait? Why? Because it was better for His people? How is waiting better for his people? Maybe they needed to get their act together. Maybe they needed to grow during this time of captivity and learn things. The important thing is that after 70 years, God came to carry them away to Jerusalem. They had to go through the storm of Babylon before they can reap the glory of God.
The storms are going to come, but God will bring you through them. I have found myself having to go through the storm a lot more often than not before I got to where God wanted me to be. Of course, that might be because I grew up learning things at the University of Hard Knocks and didn’t really start listening or paying attention to advice from others until I was in my 30’s and 40’s. What can I say? I’m a preacher’s kids…..LOL
Even though this was a “you-do / me-do” from a very long ago, it is still in effect today. All God wants us to do is LOVE HIM and put HIM FIRST IN OUR LIVES. OBEY HIM and, let HIM TAKE CONTROL for change. I know how hard it is to GIVE CONTROL OVER TO GOD because it’s the one area that I am having the most trouble in. I Like my control (LOL). But it’s better His Way! He wants to love us and take care of us and have only good things for us instead of all the bad that is in the world today. We are here to show Jesus to the World. Are you showing Jesus or something/someone else?
God, how I love You!! You are way too good for me. Please forgive me of my sins. Thank You for everything that You do for me. Thank You for keeping me safe for all these years and for all the years to come. Thank You for all the blessings that You have given me and anyone reading this and all the ones in the future. You are the Great Healer, Lord. Please restore health to me and take away this pain. “I didn’t earn it. I don’t deserve it, but You give Yourself away.” (from the song, “Reckless Love”). Praise be to the Father, The Son, and The Holy Sprit. In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.
Have a Blessed Day!!!!