“For thus says the LORD: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. 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.” Jeremiah 29:10-11
“When seventy years are completed.” God knows the exact time when His promises will be fulfilled. In your life, in mine, in the grand scope of humanity.
He knows the plans He has for me. Every detail. He’s got the timing down. And all of it will play out precisely as He purposes it to. And His purposes? They are good. They are for our welfare, for our joy, and for His breathtaking glory. The fact that God knows His plans for us is meant to give us a future. It is meant to give us hope.
Your heavenly Father, God Most High, has very specific plans for how His promises will be fulfilled—how He will restore your years of loss and brokenness, how He will heal you, how He will redeem all of your pain and hardship, how He will pour out the abundant goodness He has stored up for you. His plans are better than you could ever dream. Seriously. That promise is in there too (Ephesians 3:20). He even already has it all in the works. Hold fast. Lift your eyes to the beauty of your glorious Lord who loves you more than you can fathom. Extravagant grace is coming. It’s already on its way.
“Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.”
“I will restore to you the years
that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
my great army, which I sent among you.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
and praise the name of the LORD your God,
who has dealt wondrously with you.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.”