““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.””
Today’s words are some of the most special and meaningful words spoken in the Bible. They speak of love and promise, of hope and comfort, of joy and peace, of forgiveness and restoration. Read at face value, they are so special, but read and understood in its original context, they take on an even deeper meaning.
Chapter 29 is actually written as a prophetic letter by Jeremiah to the elders, priests, prophets and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. God had told Jeremiah to tell the people that although God had allowed them to be taken as captives by the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar, for their rebellion towards God through idol worship to pagan gods, He had a plan to bring them back home and continue the promise He made to Abraham; that they (the Israelites) would be His chosen people, and through them, the Saviour of the world would be born.
Simply put, although the people had sinned and were living in the consequence of that sin, God in His grace was already planning their salvation. Captivity was not their home or purpose. He reminds the people that His plan for them is not one of disaster but of good, not for desolation, but of a good future, a hopeful future, a future that God Himself had already planned.
You too maybe going through a situation that seems like there is no end to your suffering. But God says to you, as He said to the Israelites, that His plans for you are not for disaster, but for good, to give you a future and a hope. You suffering will not last. God is already planning your route home, your salvation and your resolution. Put your trust in Him. He has good things for you.