Saturday – Open Topic
Reading – Jeremiah 29:4-23
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
I hate to admit it but this is one of my pet-peeve verses.
It’s a wonderful encouraging passage.
But it’s usually taken out of context.
What most people fail to mention is Jeremiah is telling the exiles to cool their heels for the next 70 years. The nation of Israel will return to Jerusalem but it won’t be for a long time so you might as well get comfortable in this strange land.
So, go ahead and put up your Jeremiah 29:11 plaques. Just keep in mind that it might just be telling you to be faithful and endure this time that is less than comfortable.
God wants your best and he holds your future in His hand, but your future is in His time, not necessarily ours.
Have you come through lengthy times of trial and experienced a time of restoration after enduring in faithfulness?
Can you trust in your present trials that God will bring you through?