Read 2 Chronicles 36
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Scripture- 2 Chronicles 36:21- So the message of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah was fulfilled. The land finally enjoyed its Sabbath rest, lying desolate until the seventy years were fulfilled, just as the prophet had said.
Observations- Many people choose Jeremiah 29:11 as their favorite verse: "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." We have to remember, however, the context of how the Lord spoke these words through His prophet, Jeremiah. Here are the verses before and after Jeremiah 29:11: "This is what the Lord says: 'You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.'" (Jeremiah 29:10, 12-13) In the 70 year exile God told the people to lean into Him and prepare for their return to Jerusalem one day.
Application- The great hope wasn't mainly waiting for God's people 70 years in the future; rather the hope was to be found in repentance and turning toward God to honor the covenant of love and relationship between them. In other words, the word of hope from God wouldn't be fulfilled until a time when most of them were long gone, so the Big Picture point is no matter what is going on in life and regardless of our circumstances- look for God wholeheartedly and we'll find Him. It's a promise.
Prayer- (by Alfred the Great- 849-899) Lord God Almighty, shaper and ruler of all creatures, we pray for Your great mercy, that You guide us better than we have done, toward You, and guide us to Your will, to the need of our soul, better than we can ourselves. And steady our mind towards Your will and to our soul’s need. And strengthen us against the temptations of the devil, and put far from us all lust, and every unrighteousness, and shield us against our foes, seen and unseen. And teach us to do Your will, that we may inwardly love You before all things, with a pure mind. For You are our maker and our redeemer, our help, our comfort, our trust, our hope; praise and glory be to You now, ever and ever, world without end. Amen.
"So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world." (1 Peter 1:13),
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