by Heather Tietz
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future.
Ever been a parent? Ever had one? Children don’t always see that their parent has good intentions for them, especially when discipline is in the works. Here the prophet Jeremiah encourages the Hebrew people to hang in there. They will remain captives of Babylon for seventy years, he tells them. This is their discipline. Then, God will restore them to their homes in Jerusalem. In the meanwhile Jeremiah says, “Know that you are not forgotten by God. You are not unloved. You simply are in time-out. God has a future for you where there will be peace and security.”
God has a parent’s heart. Even when His children are disobedient, when they experiment with sin, when they don’t want to apologize, God remains their father. A parent and child relationship is not something that can be divorced. God waits while that time-out timer is ticking, eager for His children to relent, repent, behave, so He can go on with His blessings for them. He has plans, good plans that are just waiting to happen.
If you are God’s child then He has a future planned for you too. There is the hope of Heaven of course, but there is an earthly future on His calendar too. He has scheduled the number of your years and between now and then He has events planned that will grow your spirit, that will bring Him glory, that are truly good. Abide in Him.