While I’m writing this, I remember the chorus part of a song that I used to sing before. The title is Trust His Heart by Babbie Mason. The chorus part says:
God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don’t understand
When you don’t see His plan
When you can’t trace His hand
Trust His heart
If there are sufferings, they don’t happen by mistake. We can always trust God’s love for us and the time will come that it will cease. From this same chapter that we are reflecting on. comes one of the best biblical quotes that we know:
In Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV), “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…”
If we will analyze the plight of the Israelites, we can see that by the end of the seventy years, God wants Israel to remain a strong and powerful nation that is why he wants them to continue to grow in terms population. God wants to keep Israel’s human resource that would enable them to rebuild their nation that lie in desolation. He wants them to live normal lives by getting married and working precisely that they may not suffer much. By becoming peaceful people, they may become a source of God’s blessing and mirrors of His goodness even in a foreign land.
Indeed, after seventy years, God has brought the Israelites back to Jerusalem. In the books of Nehemiah and Ezra, we can read the accounts of the return of the exiles to Jerusalem just as God has promised.
God promises to prosper His people. It is the same with us today. Perhaps, with a different application but clearly, it is not His intention to harm or hurt us. His plan is to prosper us and give us a bright future. After all the pain, God’s reward awaits those who will remain faithful.
to be continued