God has plans for each of us. Sometimes those plans include discipline and struggles.
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Dave: Jeremiah 29:11-12 says, “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.”
Jeff: Ah yes, God has great things in store for you. He just wants you to hope, because your business will succeed and everything you want will…
Dave: That’s not what it means. Let’s read the context.
Jeff: Yes – the context of “plans” – what did God mean by “PLANS” for them? What were these good plans?
Dave: 70 YEARS OF SLAVERY!
Jeff: Listen to Jeremiah 29:10-11: “10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you…”
Dave: So, next time you hear that verse be careful to not suggest that it means God will do all kinds of positive things you’re thinking about.
Jeff: Certainly God always does what is good. Sometimes, that is 70 years in a foreign country.