Jeremiah 29:11 is probably one of the most quoted verses in the whole Bible. While I love what verse 11 says to us, it says so much more if we take the time to read just a few more verses. The context of this entire chapter is very important for us to understand. The whole chapter was actually written to a broken and defeated Israel. Because they chose to live life without honoring God, He allowed the entire nation of Israel to be taken into captivity. After spending almost seventy years in this captivity, the Lord sends a word to them through Jeremiah the Prophet. In this beautiful, grace-filled prophetic Word from God, He promises Israel a great and prosperous future.
At this point, you might be asking: “What does this have to do with me?” The answer to that question is EVERYTHING! You see, we were all held in the captivity of sin and lostness. When, by the mercy and grace of God, we have released from our captivity; the same promise that applies to Israel also applies to us in this verse. He is reminding us that we really do matter to Him. He is letting us know that He is available to us. He reminds- ing us that we have not only a future but one filled with hope. He is letting us know that when we call on Him in prayer, He will listen.
He is letting us know that when we seek Him, we will find Him. In short, His heart for us to live not in captivity; but freedom. He reminds us that in that freedom we can go to Him for anything and everything. He is proving once again that He is faithful beyond our imagination and that He isn’t a God who will hold our past failures over our heads. Instead, He will walk with us every step of our journey if we will only seek Him. That, my friends, is some AMAZING NEWS.