If there were a Bible verse Hall of Fame, those would be some of the first inductees. Another one would have to be Jeremiah 29:11.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)
No wonder so many people love it! Welfare…future…hope… Sign me up!
Let’s take it one step further. You ready? Here’s something you need to remember…
Jeremiah 29:11 comes right after Jeremiah 29:10.
I know. BOOM! Mind. Blown.💥
That may sound obvious, but we easily overlook the pain of verse 10 in the excitement of the promise of verse 11. Look for a minute at Jeremiah 29:11’s overlooked twin brother…
For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place.
Jeremiah 29:10 (ESV)
Israel had failed and God was sending them into captivity for seventy years…but He was promising hope on the other side long before the consequences had even hit!
As much as we love verse 11 (and rightfully so!), the reality is, often times we have to endure the pain of verse 10 before we receive the promise of verse 11. God loves His kids too much to let them run and do whatever they want. Often times, discipline is in order. But never forget the heart of God, even in the middle of self-inflicted pain: God always wants restoration.
The promise of the future will get you through the pain of the present.
Keep stepping. God hasn’t given up on the promise of verse 11, even if you’re in the middle of the pain of verse 10.
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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