Devotion for September 22, 2017

'Jeremiah 29:11-14 NLT'

“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. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”
 
Study Bible Reminders...
 
For I know”...
We are all encouraged by a leader who stirs us to move ahead, someone who believes we can do the task he has given and who will be with us all the way. God is that kind of leader. He knows the future, and His plans for us are good and full of hope (especially His eternal plan!). As long as God, who knows (and is in control of) the future, provides our agenda and goes with us as we fulfill His mission, we can have boundless hope. This does not mean that we will be spared pain, suffering, or hardship, but that God will see us through to a glorious conclusion.
 
Verses 12-14...
God did not forget His people, even though they were captives in Babylon. He planned to give them a new beginning with a new purpose—to turn them into new people (and today, we Believers are called “new creations!”). In times of dire circumstances, it may appear as though God has forgotten you. But God may be preparing you, as He did the people of Judah, for a new beginning with Him at the center.
 
Verse 13...
According to God's wise plan, His people were to have a future and a hope; consequently, they could call upon Him with confidence. Although the exiles were in a difficult place and time, they need not despair because they had God's presence, the privilege of prayer, and God's grace. That remains true for us today: if we seek Him wholeheartedly, beloved, He will be found. Neither a strange land, sorrow, persecution, not physical problems can break our fellowship with God or deny us our glorious future with Him.
 
“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. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”
 
AMEN!!!

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