"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Isn't this an amazing promise?
Perhaps you have claimed this promise at times.
Some may choose it as a life verse.
In truth, most of those who latch onto this promise do so out of context.
Jeremiah was known as the "weeping prophet" because he was often asked by God to deliver bad news to the people of God. He was also weeping over the tragic condition of his nation which had been invaded and taken captive by the mighty Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar. Their captivity was God's judgment on them for rebelling against Him and worshiping idols. Jeremiah's heart was broken for God's people and he wept for them. No doubt he also wept because God often asked him to bring bad news to the people of God who in turn, resented him and rejected him.
While this verse does accurately describe the nature of God and his desire to bless His people, this promised blessing was still 70 years in the future. These people would have to endure another 70 years under captivity before this wonderful promise would be fulfilled in their life.
So, this is a promise especially addressed to those who find themselves struggling in life because of self-inflicted captivity or due to the poor decisions of others. But it doesn't guarantee immediate deliverance from your problem.
The good news is that God does have a good plan and a godly purpose for your life!
The bad news is you may have to spend many more days in captivity until He delivers on His promise and delivers you from your problem!