For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
“Where is your God now? I thought you said that He is all powerful? Can you show me what He looks like? What does He sound like? Is there an idol that represents Him? You said, He would protect you, but you are now our slaves. You said that He would fight for you, it was not much of a battle to defeat you. You said, your God cares about you and loves you, He must have left you and gone on vacation. Show us your God!” Sarcastic remarks from the Babylonian victors over the Jews around 600 BCE.
The prophet Jeremiah had spoken of the captivity that they were now living within. Even though they had been told that it would last 70 years, from their viewpoint, everything was uncertain. It was at this point that Jeremiah spoke God’s thoughts about them and their future. God still desires for them to experience peace and to hold on to hope for a better future.
When life slaps you around and you fall on the floor, what foundation do you land on? Some land on bitterness. They are mad that life has been unfair and these things should not have happened to them. Some land on becoming critical. It’s everybody’s fault that the trouble is upon them, including God. They take no personal responsibility for their attitudes. Some fall on selfishness. They make themselves the center of all of the problems. Some fall on prideful rejection. If God isn’t going to be there for me, then I will leave Him, I guess I don’t need Him anyway. Some fall on despair. They have lost hope and lost sight of God.
When you fall, knowing the promises of God can become the foundation that you land upon. In today’s verse, Jeremiah reminds them that God is still thinking about them. He is not angry nor dismissive. He is thinking good thoughts about them. He wants them to experience peace – right now. In the beginning of their captivity, He wants them to know peace.
You can thrive in the middle of the mire. God loves you. He has continual thoughts of good. He wants to lead you into a better place. There are times when all you can do is repeat these thoughts again and again. God loves me and desires my best. Say it again, “God loves me and desires my best.” That foundational thought is strong enough to sustain you through your trial. Stay connected to the truth of God’s love so that roots are established in that promise. For your hope lives in the promise of God’s presence.
Blessings Love y’all