On the days when my life feels overwhelming hard, and I just want to stay huddled under my covers, I discover Hope whispering to me.
I often find verses I memorized from years past come to mind exactly when I need them the most, and Jeremiah 29:11 is just such a verse.
But I want to share the reasons why I find Hope for the future, as suggested by this verse, and why you can too.
“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.” Jeremiah 29:11
This verse has been looked at on its own for years, and memorized as a single verse to help remind us that God is for us.
But this verse is so much more than that!
Jeremiah 29:11 comes in the middle of an awful period for the Israelites. They are in exile from their homeland, and simply put – things are not going well for them.
It is into this 70 years to last of exile that God speaks this poignant and promise filled verse.
- He knows “this” is happening. Whatever your this is, it hasn’t caught Him by surprise.
- He is present. You can’t speak a word to someone from a distance, can you?
- He is actively speaking. God knows the plan, and is addressing our need to hear He does!
- His plans are for our good. Even when we can’t see them or fathom they are even possible!
- We can have hope no matter what, for He is with us…and…
- We have a good future ahead. God has said so, and as He is no liar, it WILL come to pass.
Friend, feeling a little hopeless right now? Hope is waiting for you to grab on with both hands and tighten your grip, especially on the hard days. His hold on you will not let go, even if your senses get dulled and your faith grows dim in the darkness about you.
And the verse above? It was given for His people. Not just the individual ones, but the collective. It applies to ALL of His people in that day, and so it can apply to ALL His people in this day, feeling exiled, on the outskirts, and in need of a fresh boost of Hope.
And you friend, are one of those people! Hope has you, and your future looks bright from His perspective! Take that, enemy!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
PS. More on the Jeremiah 29:11 verse by Relevant Worship here: https://relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/stop-taking-jeremiah-2911-out-context