WOW (Word of Wonder) Week 2
In Jeremiah 29:11 the Lord declares that He has plans for you , and it is great plans. Rejoice, your future is in the hands of God!
Jeremiah, a prophet, was prophesying to Judah, about their future. They were exiled to Babylon. Jeremiah was telling the exiles to make Babylon their home. He said:
- Build houses and live in them,
- Plant gardens and eat the produce,
- Get married,
- Have children, and multiply, don’t decrease in numbers.
He encouraged them to seek the welfare of Babylon, to pray for the city, because in the city’s welfare, they will find their welfare. After 70 years of exile, the Lord will bring them back to Jerusalem, to Israel.
This is not only a message for Israel; it is a message for you. The Lord declared that He has made plans for you. When you are obedient in your circumstances, you will be found faithful and blessed.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. (Jeremiah 29:11–14 ESV)
The word welfare has a far greater meaning in the Hebrew word shalom.
Welfare, or shalom, means:
- State of health
God’s plans are for welfare, not for evil, disasters and hopelessness.
Babylon symbolizes the worldly things opposed to godly things. God is declaring that when you are obedient and you seek welfare in Babylon, the world, God will take you out of exile and you will receive God’s welfare with a future and hope in the Promised Land.
What is your attitude in your circumstances? Are you holding on to the promises of God? Are you at peace in the middle of the storm?
He doesn’t stop there, but He declares, that when you, seek Him, with your whole heart, you WILL find Him. God is not ignoring you or running away from you; He loves you too much. God is waiting for you to seek Him.
Then God will restore you and bring you back to the Promised Land.
God’s plans for you means welfare, a future and hope. Take hold of it.