Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 16, 2017

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 29.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+29&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, ‘Build houses and live in them;  and plant gardens and eat their produce.  Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters;  and multiply there and do not decrease.  Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf;  for in its welfare you will have welfare.’  For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Do not let your prophets who are in your midst and your diviners deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams which they dream.  For they prophesy falsely to you in My name;  I have not sent them,’ declares the Lord.

10 “For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.  11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.  12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.  14 I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’”  Jeremiah 29:4-14.

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“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”  Verse 11.

We also notice that the LORD of hosts identified Himself as “the God of Israel”.  Verse 4.

In the midst of seventy years of captivity in Babylon, the exiles were given this wonderful promise by “the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel”, their God.  The exiles were commanded by God to build houses and families, to plant gardens and eat their produce, and seek the welfare of Babylon, for in its welfare they too would have welfare.  And, this wonderful promise of their God (that He has plans for welfare for the exiles to give them a future and a hope) gave them additional motivation to do all of these things.

We too may be in the midst of troubles and trials, even afflictions.  But, we too can be patient and prosper.  We too can rejoice that the LORD of hosts is our God and that this wonderful promise of our God is for us today.  

The righteous live by faith.  The righteous Abraham lived by faith.  The righteous exiles lived by faith.  And, the righteous today live by faith.

And so, we too live out our lives abundantly and joyfully, believing that God will bless us.

For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.”  Hebrews 6:13-14.


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