Jeremiah 29:11-13 – 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. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
God did not forget his people, even though they were captives in Babylon. He planned to give them a new beginning with a new purpose—to turn them into new people. In times of deep trouble, it may appear as though God has forgotten you. But God may be preparing you, as he did the people of Judah, for a new beginning with him at the center.
According to God’s wise plan, his people were to have hope and a future; consequently, they could call upon him in confidence. Although the exiles were in a difficult place and time, they did not need to despair because they had God’s presence, the privilege of prayer, and God’s grace. God can be sought and found when we seek him wholeheartedly. Neither strange lands, sorrows, frustration, nor physical problems can break our communion with God. ( Life Applications Study Bible )
My thoughts go to how many times in the past have you felt hopeless in your situation? You think God and the world have forgotten about you. Wondering how am I going to get out of this situation. In the past through my own bad choices, I found myself in these questionable situations.
Today we live in an area; where everything is in our face. Is there anything you cant find on the internet. Is there any thrill or experience that you cant buy. I heard the other day you can buy a trip to Mars know? We cant see God, so in this tangible world, people must surely question His existence. My experience you might not be able to see God, but you can feel His presence. One thing I have noticed over time is, people tend to call on God in their darkest hour. Never chose to have a relationship with him but when the chips are down, they seek Him.
Read the scripture again and pay attention to the commentary. We can remember the blessing of Abraham which is ours through Christ. Consider, this promise was made about a 1000 years before Jeremiah wrote this book. Just as God promised Abraham blessing, Jeremiah is trying to tell us God will never leave nor forsake us. So pay heed to the advice, God is with us all the time.
Jeremiah’s advice is, seek His advice and guidance all the time. Again I say listen to the words of the commentator.
“Lord, I thank you for Your presence. Thank you for guiding me daily. Amen. “