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He Restores

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]

More Than Anything Else

You have a great opportunity. I would say it is the greatest opportunity you will ever have in life. All you need to do is to look. All you need to do is to seriously look. Do you want it more than anything else?

I remember when I was younger and I would take an interest in something. I would gather piles of books and search online and seek out all I could find on the topic so I could get to know more. I wanted to know more. It was a great desire. A passion.

God is not far from us. Our Heavenly Father promises that when you look, when you seek with all your heart, when you truly want to find Him and to know Him, He will “make sure you won’t be disappointed.” You can never use an excuse that you are having trouble finding Him. Today I ask you, do you want Him more than anything else?

“’When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.

‘Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.’ God’s Decree.

‘I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you’—God’s Decree—‘bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.’”

-Jeremiah 29:13-14 [MSG]

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