Jeremiah 29:10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 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. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. [NIV]
The exile continues. The comfort of Jeremiah 29:11 is meant to remind us of the Lords vision for our future. That’s a treasure but in the re-reading of those familiar words over and over while continuing to ponder the sermon from Spurgeon an eye-opening expansion of my own vision has happened and this is a priceless gift. There’s more to that beautiful promise of verse 11. I am so thankful we have the enduring Word, work and wisdom of God given through Jesus, the Holy Spirit AND the writings of His people that can open our eyes in the midst of this contemporary pandemic. There IS a Jeremiah 29:10 and a 29:12 too. “I will come to you and fulfill my good promise…you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
In Gods wisdom His vision covers the past, present and the future. That is the priceless part we need to cling to as God uses Jeremiah to inform our vision to match His own. “As to our present pain and grief, God saw not these things exclusively, but He saw the future joy and usefulness which will come of them. He regards not only the tearing up of the soil with the plow, but the clothing of that soil with the golden harvest.” [Spurgeon].
∞ Look back and thank God…Look forward and trust God ∞