“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.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
What is most amazing about this verse is that God said this to His people during a time when they were in captivity and their deliverance from captivity did not happen the very next day. God told His people that He had determined for them to spend seventy years in Babylon and seventy years it would be. Why did God make them go through such a lengthy time of sorrow when He had already determined to deliver them? In this same passage the Lord also said to them, “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.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13)God knew that the seventy years of sorrow were necessary in order to bring His people to the point of where they would seek Him with all of their heart.
It is very difficult to trust God when things aren’t going the way we wish they would. It becomes even harder when our struggles continue on over an extended period of time. Yet, we must continue to trust and wait for Him to do what He knows is best.
During such times of waiting and trust, it is also crucial that we keep reminding ourselves of God’s goodness. Here are some verses of scripture that might help us:
Psalm 84:11For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.
Psalm 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.
Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 106:1 Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalm 145:9 The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.
Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.
Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
I pray that today’s study has been a blessing to you. God bless you my brethren.