What They Don't Tell You About Jeremiah 29:11

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Why didn’t anyone tell me this about Jeremiah 29:11?!

This is the question I’ve been asking myself this question since I just read this verse in the context of the whole book. I’ve dedicated myself to reading the Bible in a year and today I just so happened to read Jeremiah 29. I’m guessing you’ve heard this verse before. It’s a staple of our faith and might be the most popular verse next to John 3:16. This is how it reads…

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 surprised me is the verse the prefaces one of the most popular verses: “When 70 years are completed…I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place”. Wait, so sometimes it takes 70 years for God to fulfill his promises to you?!

Maybe the point of this scripture is show us that prospering and hope are not the goals as much as these are simply symptoms of falling deeply in love with God in the waiting period. What if we lived for today?

Do what you need to do today to get where you need to be tomorrow. Then, wake up and do it again the next day. It’s in the waiting that your true character is shown. You build your legacy one day at a time, God will be faithful; “He who began a work in you is faithful to see it through to completion”. Your job is to build your life to be a temple, awaiting God to fill it in his timing with his promises to you.

Are you being faithful in the waiting?

Jake VaydaComment