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I have been studying Jeremiah this month. One of the most quoted verses in Jeremiah is Jeremiah 29:11: “’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.’” Many times this verse is not used in the proper context. As you read the verses around it, you read of a people who is in exile. This does not sound like something desirable. The promise for a hope and future is made to the people in captivity. It was a promise to those who spent seventy years under the rule of others. It was a promise to bring back the people.
After the seventy years were up, just as promised, God delivered his people out of captivity. The people of God were able to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple and the city walls. God restored His people. Just in the same way, He is able to restore all that is broken. That includes you and I. For just as the earth and all it contains, you and I are broken. Praise God, He promises to restore us.
Though this verse speaks about a people long ago, God also promises us hope and a future (Hebrews 10:23). He also listens to our prayers (Psalm 77:1, 1 John 5:14). His Word also says when we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us (James 4:8). Today, remember what the Psalmist wrote: “Trust in Him at all times… pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge” (62:8 NIV). Let Him continue to restore you by fixing your eyes on Him and following His leading.
“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. 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. 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. 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.’” – Jeremiah 29:10-14 [NIV]
This has been a very hard year for me for so many reasons but I can stand here today and say that I know without a doubt that my prayers have been heard and my tears have been seen. God knows what I have gone through and what I will go through next. He knows what you are going through—the struggles, the trials, the triumphs. He knows all and sees all.
When times get rough, you are not alone. God has suffered. God has walked in your shoes. Yes, He has walked on the same road as you. He has been there and He shares in your pain. He hears your prayers, each one of them. You might not see the answer you want. You might think perhaps He has missed hearing one because the results aren’t what you imagined. He heard it all, even what you couldn’t say with your own mouth.
I cried many tears this year but each one He caught. Nothing slips by. What comfort it is to know that He has seen it all, that I wasn’t alone. May it comfort you just the same. You are not alone. You are not forgotten. He knows your pain. He’s with you each step of the way.
“Go back to Hezekiah and tell him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add fifteen years to your life.’” – Isaiah 38:5 [NLT]