This morning as I was reading in Jeremiah, God is telling the captured Israelites to multiply in their new location–Babylon. He is using Jeremiah to pass this message along to them. The means in which God communicates this message leaves me seeing that children and grandchildren are jewels. He wanted them to prosper in this new territory because in due time He would bring them back to Israel.
Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” There are so many times in my younger years I read this or heard this from a pastor’s sermon. I didn’t know how to translate it into meaning for me. I would think there may be some hope for me with all my hidden filth but there would be no way God could prosper me while I kept the ugliness a secret. God just doesn’t bless filthy rags I KNEW. Somehow though, God has taken what I knew was filth and turned it into a message of love and support. He hasn’t just done this for me but for those He wanted my story to help. I can’t fathom how He does this, but He just does. Yes, we have to eventually take the steps I’ve learned to take trusting that the verse in Jeremiah is true– “…plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” I feel as though I’m living today in the final outcome days. The bondage I’ve known is gone and instead of bondage it’s a message being used to help others. It’s a message of FREEDOM.
God is truly AMAZING!