January 15, 2024 – Monday
Jeremiah 29:11 NET
11 For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare [or peace] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
11 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.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
11 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.
Thursday and Friday last week we had first Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV), 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Then we had Isaiah 55:8-9, 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As a result, a reader wrote in how they both brought to mind Jeremiah 29:11 for her (NET), 11 For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.
It is obvious to see how this would come to mind from the other two sets of verses, but we need to look at this one in context and make sure we don’t have it say something it is not saying. Nonetheless, it is a comforting verse to read and apply to our individual lives even though the context is quite different.
Looking at verses 10-14 (NIV), we have 10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 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. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” God is addressing the nation or people of Israel as a whole, who are in exile. But His exile was intended only for a set period of time, seventy years after which Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart and will bring you back from captivity.
To me this sounds very much like a New Testament message. Turn to Jesus and in faith believe He died on the cross for your sins and rose on the third day. Believe and repent and you will be freed from the chains of sin. And that is right out of Romans 10:9-10, 9 if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Bottom Line: God does have plans for us, but His plans require us to turn to Him and believe. Then we can wait for His plans to give us a future and hope.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for blessing us with Your Son, so that we may confess with our mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in our heart You raised Him from the dead and be saved. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
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