Are you a planner, Dear Reader? Do you like/crave having all the details accounted for well in advance? Maybe it's a family gathering. Perhaps it's an article you're writing. Or maybe you've gone all out and created your "strategic life plan".
Tom and I have been monitoring, adjusting, and working toward our retirement plan for a few years now. It feels good to have plans and see them accomplished, doesn't it?
It's true confessions time, Dear Reader. Who's got a mug, or a plaque, or a tote with Jeremiah 29: 11 on it?
It's almost a badge of Christendom, isn't it?
In the midst of warnings about capitivity and enslavement, Jeremiah drops this jewel that we've memorize, claim, and love.
Perhaps one of the best-loved, most-claimed promises in God's Word is Jeremiah 29:11.
For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Much of the book of Jeremiah in the Old Testament tends to be a bit (let's just say it) depressing. Indeed, the term "jeremiad" comes from our author:
"a prolonged lamentation or complaint; also : a cautionary or angry harangue", according to Merriam Webster.
Your letter couldn't have arrived at a better time! The attacks have begun, but not like anything we had prepared for. Snipers ad guerilla warfare seek to beseige us.
We thought the overt persecution of the Romans was horrific, and it is. But this invasion is like poison seeping into our bread and wine, subtle and almost undetectable at first, but no less deadly.
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