Jeremiah 29:10Oct 13th, 2011 | By Jacob | Category: Editorials
By Jacob Bembry
Chances are that many of my readers are more familiar with the verse Jeremiah 29:11 than they are with the verse Jeremiah 29:10.
Jeremiah 29:11 resounds with the promise, “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 is on bumper stickers, you hear Christian speakers on television such as Joyce Meyer and Joel O’Steen reading this verse, giving their listeners comfort. I love to hear the verse Jeremiah 29:11.
Now, let’s look at Jeremiah 29:10: “For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.”
The Jews were stuck in Babylon as captives for 70 years. For seven decades, they had to endure that captivity before the Lord returned them to their homeland.
Let’s now look at Jeremiah 29:10-11 together: “After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. 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.”
There is a promise in those two verses, but there is a qualification for that promise, given to the Jewish nation. For 70 years, they would have to endure hardship but God had a better plan for them.
When we are going through hardships, why don’t we as Christians read both verses and read that a better day is coming. The Lord does know the thoughts that He thinks toward us; He wants us to have peace and not evil. He wants us to have a future and a hope.
Remember Jeremiah 29:11, but also remember Jeremiah 29:10. Good times will be coming.