{Day 4} God Knows the Call

“‘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 (NIV)

I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I loved and quoted Jeremiah 29:11 for years before I took the time to read the surrounding passage. And while certainly encouraging on its own, it wasn’t until I read and understood the context in which this verse appears that I began to appreciate the full weight of its message.

The Israelites were living in exile in Babylon. They had been taken from their land – from their homes – and forced to live as slaves under leaders that they didn’t particularly care for and probably wouldn’t have chosen for themselves. Taking the liberty of reading between the lines, they didn’t know which way was up! They didn’t know their purpose and they couldn’t see how God was working or where God was leading.

In short, they didn’t understand their calling.

But “the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel” spoke to them through a letter written by the prophet Jeremiah. Listen to some of what He told them prior to the well-known verse 11 (to read the entire letter see Jeremiah 29:4-23):

“‘Build houses and settle down…marry and have sons and daughters…seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile…pray to the Lord…I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise.'” – Jeremiah 29:5, 6, 7 ,10 (NIV)

Even though their surroundings may have been less than ideal, the Lord told them to continue living and to remain faithful. Even though their future may have seemed uncertain, the Lord told them to trust.

Just as the Israelites, we often find ourselves in a place of not knowing or fully understanding the specifics of our {God given} callings.

But according to verse 11, God never lost sight of the Israelites’ calling. He knew the plans He had for them all along. . .plans of hope and a future.

God knows the plans – the call – He has for each of us, too.

Trust that. Remain faithful.

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