Jeremiah

The book of Jeremiah in the Old Testament is full of rich prophesy and BOLD preaching of the Gospel (or what there was of the Gospel in the Old Testament).

One observation I (Erick) made are the similarities between Jeremiah and the Apostle Paul. I’d even go as far to say that Jeremiah is the “Apostle Paul” of the Old Testament. He travels from place to place preaching the Word of the Lord and was imprisoned for boldly preaching his faith — largely because he calls other believers out when they are trusting in their own strength more than God’s. He writes letters of encouragement and accountability to other believers. He is a man of steadfast love, courage and integrity who is fully committed to the Lord.

One of the more “famous” passages in the book of Jeremiah is 29:11.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah is writing this to the priests, prophets and many others who were exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar.

Jeremiah writes these words to remind “the exiles” that God is still on their side. That no matter what happens, God still has a plan for their lives, and that this plan is for their good, not evil. It is designed to give them hope.

This passage came to me this morning at a beautiful time (something only God could have worked out). It has been a hard week, and God knew I needed to be reminded that this tough week is here as part of His plan for good. I just need to continue to hope in Him.

Maybe you had a tough week. Maybe you’ve had a tough month. Just keep reminding yourself that God is at work in your life every moment. He is working for your good whether you see it immediately or not.

Take five minutes and read Jeremiah chapter 29. I pray that it brings you as much comfort as it did for me this morning.

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