Jeremiah Devotions #9: God’s Good Plans
Bible Reading for Today: Jeremiah Chapters 29-32.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
Today’s four chapters are a very encouraging passage of Scripture in Jeremiah. After telling the Lord that their time in exile (punishment for their sin and rebellion) has a limited time frame (70 years), the Lord tells them that He is going to bring them back home, and pour out His abundant love and blessings upon them. In these three verses, The Lord tells His people that He has good plans for them: thoughts of peace, designed to give them a future and a hope. He promises them: If you call upon me and pray to me, I will listen! If you seek me with your whole heart, you will find me! What joy! What bliss!
How do we apply this passage of Scripture to our lives? Although the original context of this passage was a promise from the Lord to His exiled people, I believe that this is a universal promise that applies to us as well. God has a good plan for our lives, and He is a God who listens to the prayers of His children, and promises that if we seek Him, we will find Him. If we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. Our response then? We should joyfully pray, pursue, and seek a personal relationship with Him, for He is good, and He longs for us to know Him in a deep and intimate way.
Lord, I thank you today for your love and goodness. I’m so thankful that just like you had a good, peaceful plan for the children of Israel, so too do you have a good plan and purpose for those of us who bear the name of Jesus and call ourselves Christians. Lord I pray that you would stir the hearts of those reading these words to pray and seek you, and that as they do, that you would reveal yourself to them anew and afresh. In Jesus’ precious name, amen!
Here are a few other great passages in Jeremiah 29-32 that I encourage you to read…
- 30:1 – God promises to restore the fortunes of His people
- 30:10 – God says fear not and do not be dismayed
- 31:3 – the Lord loves us with an everlasting love and draws us with lovingkindness
- 31:13 – the Lord will turn our mourning into joy, comfort us, and satisfy us
- 31:31-34 – the promise of the New Covenant – He will be our God, we will know Him
- 32:17-18 – Ah Lord God! You mad the heavens and earth by your great power!