Those words bring solace to many people. Whether it’s bad news across the globe or whether it’s a personal crisis, we all want to know that everything is going to be all right. When our present is disastrous, we need the assurance that our future will be realigned with excellence. We wish that we could skip all this bad stuff- all the evil in this world- but reality dictates that we must endure the present trials and suffering. We try to claim Jeremiah 29:11 in the here-and-now, but we have to realize that context is important in every situation of life. While God said “I know the plans I have for you,” in the verses following, God tells them that they must enter into a time of exile.
I know this question is deeply personal, but it is of eternal significance. Where are you in this context of life? Do you find yourself lost in the chaos and sinfulness of this world? Are you walking in exile- in the discipline of God? Only Jesus can bridge this path of destruction with the life that is realized in Jeremiah 29:11. Please believe me when I tell you… better yet, please believe God’s Gospel where He tells you that He loves you so very much, that the plans that He has made for our good includes the atoning death of His own Son so that we are released from sin and death, living in the promise of having right relationship with God.