“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Even during times of punishment, God consoles His people. During this time in Jeremiah, most of Israel was in Babylonian captivity but some were scattered about, driven from the destroyed city of Jerusalem. Israel had refused to listen to God’s pleading for them to repent so their sin had brought God’s punishment.

Jeremiah 29:11
Jeremiah 29:11

In captivity, removed from the destructive sinful society which was the work of their own hands, they finally begin to realize that they need to listen to God. He was their last hope. Now God was able to show His great love and kindness to His chosen people. In verses 5-6 He begins telling them what to do in their captive environment. God tells them to build houses, plant gardens, marry and have children. In other words, be content in the situation God has placed you in and live your life. Then in Jeremiah 29:7 He continues with, “And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.”

The story in the book of Jeremiah describing Israel’s fall, their punishment, and their eventual return to rebuild their home, is given to us so we can understand the nature of God’s character towards His people. Those that belong to God, those that are redeemed through Christ’s blood, will not be allowed to continue in sin. It is in our nature to follow distractions and temptations. But God will simply not allow His people to be destroyed by sin. If we stray too far out of His will into this sinful world, He will punish us in order to bring us back to Him.

Father, thank you today for the assurance that whatever situation or circumstance we find ourselves in, Your desire is that we live with peace in our heart and mind because we do have and expected end. Amen.

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