A New Start – The Beginning Again Series

God’s Plan is Eternal

Jeremiah 29:11 – 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.

Because of their sin of idolatry and rebellion, the people of Israel once again found themselves in exile. In a series of attacks on the country, King Nebuchadnezzar II took all of the leaders and those who had positions of authority from the country of Judah, effectively weakening the country by destroying it government, financial, educational and industrial systems to prevent a rebellion. The Babylonians stripped all of the wealth from Judah and left only the poorest people in the country. (2 Kings 24)

Around 587 or 586 BC, Jerusalem again fell to the siege of Nebuchadnezzar. And again almost all of the Jewish people were taken captive and the city was devastated. Zedekiah the king, who had led a rebellion against the rule of Nebuchadnezzar, witnessed the execution of his own sons. He was blinded and was taken captive and carried to Babylon along with the other leaders (2 Kings 25).

But even as God was allowing His people to be taken captive by their enemy (Jeremiah 29:4), He already had a plan to restore them to their land and to Himself. In Jeremiah 29, we read of God’s tender concern for His people as He encourages them to begin again. In Jeremiah’s letter (29:5-9), the people are told to live their lives – to build homes, and plant gardens; to marry and raise families; to increase and prosper even while they were in captivity.  God also promised the people that after 70 years of captivity, they would return to their homeland. In Jeremiah 29:11, we read of His promise and the response God wanted from the Israelites. He urges the people of Judah to turn away from idol worship and to seek Him with all their heart. His unchanging plan for His people was peace, a future and hope.

What a blessing it is to know that our Heavenly Father’s plans for us never change. When we stray away into sin, He has already put in place a way to return us to righteous fellowship with Him (1 John 1:9). He assures us that His love is steadfast (Hebrews 13:8) and unwavering (Hebrews 13:5).

Whatever has caused us to stray from God, when we seek Him with all our heart, He is already waiting to restore us to His plan for our lives – a plan for peace, a future and hope. We can begin again.

The King is coming. Get ready.

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