Many of us know and love the verse about God having plans for us,
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.
But having recently come across this in quiet times, I wanted to have a closer look at what this verse is actually saying, to whom and why.
WALK A MILE AS AN EXILE
Jeremiah 29 is a beautiful chapter, but it is written to people in a terrible position. The Babylonians had invaded Judah and had stolen all the wealthy, noble and skilled people, exiling them back to Babylon and leaving only a few leaders, a king and the “dregs” back in Jerusalem.
There were several exiles. The first in 605 BC removed Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo. In 597 BC 10,000 more were deported, including the likes of Ezekiel and King Jehoiachin, and a puppet government was installed in Jerusale [...]