Jeremiah 26-29 (The Daily Walk Bible).

What a great thought from the devotional: “Sometimes the Lord calms the storm; more often he lets the storm rage and calms the child.”

There were several deportations from Israel, which explain Jeremiah’s letter in Jeremiah 29. He was encouraging the Jewish people taken to Babylon to make the best of it. But he gave them a famous passage of hope: “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” (29:11). God was promising that He would bring His people back to the promised land!

I think that this passage is frequently quoted out of context. We should remember that this prophecy was given to a displaced people, most of whom would probably never even see the fulfillment of the promise! Perhaps the closest parallel to us is this: We are a displaced people living in a foreign land that is not our own. We are waiting for a heavenly country and a heavenly home (Hebrews 11:16). We have a blessed hope because Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13), and it’s because of His sacrifice that we have such a wonderful future waiting for us (Revelation 21-22)!

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