Endure the fire for the future

Planning for a hopeful future

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. 
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 29:11-13, NIV
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This is one of the most often quoted , misapplied verses in the Bible, but the comfort this verse offers is far deeper than the out of context promise often claimed. 
Jeremiah 29:11

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This was the context of the promise – it was made to people while God was destroying their nation,  tearing down the Temple, and sending them  into 70 years of captivity in a foreign land. Families were torn apart, people were enslaved; those left behind in a desolate homeland struggled to survive starvation.

But the promise God gave them was- no matter how bad things were about to get, God had a plan and He would not abandon them forever. 

The same God who promised them their suffering would end, and they would come into a brighter future because of the hardship they would experience,  is the same God who brings us into the covenant  (binding) promises.

Endurance for the future

I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.

Jeremiah 29:14

Jeremiah 39:18

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No matter what fire we are in, if it is the Lord’s discipline we are enduring, God  will bring us into a better future if we allow the fire to purify  and strengthen us.

When you feel like giving up, endure.

Adapted from a commentary by Jeremy Scott Wilson, B.A., Biblical and Theological Studies; he blogs at Awakening to basics .

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