“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.” Jeremiah 29:11
Listen: Jeremiah 29
God’s plan for the exiles in Babylon was for them to seek him whole-heartedly. Because they had divided hearts, sometimes worshipping idols and sometimes worshipping him—God sent them into captivity. Even in this unwanted space 900 miles from home, God was telling them, “You will seek me and find me” (Jeremiah 29:13). He knew that the idols they worshipped would never satisfy them.
Like the Israelites, we were created to find our complete satisfaction in God alone. No matter what else we try—it will never satisfy. Careers, houses, money, popularity and athletic achievements will ultimately leave us hungry and wanting more. It was a difficult lesson for the Jews to learn then and it is often difficult for us today, especially when in unwanted space. Perhaps 2019 is the year you discover what it’s like to really live as God intended.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Memorize Jeremiah 29:11. An excellent way to do this is type it in your mobile or write it on a 3×5 card and place it somewhere you see all the time. Scripture memory is a great habit to develop. Set a goal to memorize one verse per month or one per week. It’s a practice God will use to redeem your time in unwanted spaces.
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