Make the Stable Better – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:4-14
Key Verse: Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
A stable is a smelly, dingy, and dirty place for humans to live in, yet Jesus made the stable better.
We live in a tough world where lots of horrible things happen. People seem to be so broken all around us. Everywhere we look it feels like our world is falling apart. In the midst of all our turmoil, God wants us to make our “stable” better!
Let’s look at a famous verse in Jeremiah that so many people quote. I want us to fully understand the context of this promise: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”
This promise came to God’s people through the Prophet Jeremiah while they were in captivity. Most of the people that heard these promises would never experience the fulfillment of the promise, as far as returning to their homeland; this wouldn’t come about for 70 years. God told them to build homes and plan to stay in this land of captivity (Jeremiah 29:5). They were to marry and have families. They were to work for the peace and prosperity of the city where they ended up, praying for its welfare.
The people really didn’t want to hear this part of the message. They wanted to be delivered immediately from their captors and go back to their homeland; God could have done that. The plans God had for them were good, but it didn’t feel that way at the time. (Continued)
Father, help me to trust in Your plans for me even when I don’t like them nor understand them. In Jesus’s name, amen.