a message of hope

Jeremiah 29:11 is Tiersa’s absolute favorite verse….

“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.”

Found smuggled within a letter that Jeremiah sends to the elders that have survived among the exiles in Babylon, the prophet pens a word of hope to a people who are weary.

Jeremiah writes while in Jerusalem.  The city of the living God.  And he writes to the remnant of those Israelites who had once lived within her walls, but now find themselves aliens in a land not their own.  In a place that is far from the city of the Lord.

If you read the entire message, it is one of hope and of certainty.  It is a message calling God’s people to trust.  Calling His people then and now to rely upon the Lord.  To seek Him with all of our hearts.  “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (v13).  To live faithful unto Him who is faithful.

The letter is one not only of confidence in the future but also one of hope for today.  Hope in the present.  Hope amidst pain.  Hope in the middle of alienation.  Hope proclaimed in seeming hopelessness.  As the Apostle Paul exclaims, “Hope that is seen is no hope at all.  Who hopes for what they already have?” (Romans 8:24)

And maybe that’s why Jeremiah’s message speaks to us so clearly.  Perhaps that’s the reason why many are drawn to this passage and specifically, this verse.

“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.”

Hope in the present.  Hope amidst pain.  Hope in the middle of alienation.  Hope proclaimed in seeming hopelessness.

Glory to God!

Jason

One thought on “a message of hope

  1. I needed to hear this today. Yes, I am behind on reading my e-mails. However, what a wonderful benefit it turned out to be! For it is today, August 2, 2012, that these words was just for me TODAY! Blessed be the name of the Lord for He knows what we need, how to supply it, and when we need it. Thanks, my son for being a tool to bless my heart! I love you.

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