Jeremiah 29:1-32, 49:34-39, 50:1-46; 2 Kings 24:18-20, 2 Chronicles 36:11-14
Something I read this morning in Jeremiah reminded me of what God laid on my heart yesterday. 29:11 is a verse of promise:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
So does that mean God wants us to win the lottery and beat cancer in our bodies? Are Christians meant to be wealthy and healthy? Isn’t that what this verse says?
It sure seems to. And If I base my theology on this verse alone I could be the pastor of a mega church full of people anxiously waiting for their numbers to be drawn.
But read the whole chapter. God isn’t talking about a financial windfall. The Jews are in captivity and God wanted them to know he hadn’t forgotten them. Besides, there is a condition to God’s blessing (as is consistent with all of Scripture). WHEN they turned back to him, WHEN they seek (him) with all (their) hearts, THEN God would rescue them.
I am reminded to look for the spiritual application for us in 2013. God wants to bless us with his Presence, his peace, his hope. That’s what he plans for each of us. And he will be faithful to shower those things on us when we seek HIM.
Is it wealth you want? You want the wrong thing, my friend. Is it health? Again, you are aiming way too low. Seek God. Enjoy the fellowship of the God of creation, the One who loves you so much he went to the cross so you could walk with him.
In him is our hope and our future. Nothing else can truly satisfy. Nothing else will last.