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Hope for the Future

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11). This is one of the most popular verses shared when people are going through trouble, but the context is often forgotten. The original recipients of this verse were the initial wave of exiles (people who had been taken into captivity) who were residing in Babylon. They were hoping for deliverance from their current situation immediately, but God had other plans.
For thus says the LORD: When seventy years are complete for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. (Jer. 29:10) Many of the people who first heard this verse would have died before it came to pass. God's plans are not individual but collective, and they are not necessarily fulfilled in our life time. We need faith to help us comprehend that whatever we are going through is for the best even if we don't understand it.
But seek…