Hope and a Future-Jeremiah 29:10-14

Jeremiah 29:10-14 “This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. 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. 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 seek me with all your heart. 14 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.”
Geremia 29:10-14 « Poiché così parla il Signore: “Quando settant’anni saranno compiuti per Babilonia, io vi visiterò e manderò a effetto per voi la mia buona parola facendovi tornare in questo luogo. 11 Infatti io so i pensieri che medito per voi”, dice il Signore, “pensieri di pace e non di male, per darvi un avvenire e una speranza. 12 Voi m’invocherete, verrete a pregarmi e io vi esaudirò. 13 Voi mi cercherete e mi troverete, perché mi cercherete con tutto il vostro cuore; 14 io mi lascerò trovare da voi”, dice il Signore. “Vi farò tornare dalla vostra prigionia e vi raccoglierò da tutte le nazioni e da tutti i luoghi dove vi ho cacciati”, dice il Signore; “vi ricondurrò nel luogo da cui vi ho fatti deportare”.
 
     God had a plan to give Judah hope and a future (v. 11). The difficulty would be in the way God would do it. A seventy-year exile doesn’t sound much like hope and a future but that was the route God would need to take in order to restore Judah to a place of blessing. Judgment was like a self-inflicted wound and Judah had created their own judgment. God simply responded in the way He had promised to those who rejected Him and His prophets. 
     God’s hope and future for His people followed the path of obedience and trust. Both of these elements were missing in the kings, religious leaders and the people. But once they turned back to God, judgment would be lifted; the nations where they had been scattered in exile would open their gates so Judah could return to their homeland.
     The spiritual application couldn’t be more obvious. God still desires to give His people hope and a future. But if His people continue to resist His leading and try to be His people in name only, the outcome will follow the same pattern as Judah’s. God has given hope and a future of blessing to those who are called by His name and walk in His ways.
Pray with me: Lord, I know that Your judgment had the greater purpose of giving Judah hope and a future. Help me to wisely choose Your plans for me by living my life in expectation of hope and a future with You.


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