Day Four: Plans to prosper you.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
“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.”

“This is a surprising word of hope to a people who stood under God’s judgment. It is not a glib happy feeling: ‘God’s going to be nice to us all, me especially’ (we should note that the ‘you’ is plural, not individual—this is primarily a promise to the people as a whole). It is rather the robust affirmation that even in and through the fires of judgment there can be hope in the grace and goodness of God. That is God’s ultimate plan and purpose. What then should be the response to such a surprising word of amazing grace? Not gleeful celebration. Not mere relief: ‘Well that’s all right then; everything will turn out fine. Let’s have a party!’ Rather, the people are called to respond to the restoring grace of God with renewed prayer and seeking him (12–14). Here then was a surprising hope for the future that turned victims into visionaries. It enabled the exiles to look up and look forward and believe. The message of the whole letter could turn refugees, mourners and victims into resident missionary visionaries.” (C. Wright, The Message of Jeremiah: Grace in the End)

Prayer: Lord we ask for renewed lives of prayer. We ask for your favor and blessing upon our campuses and missional groups. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Your Grace is Enough” by Matt Maher (click here).