This is a very popular scripture today. We love to cling to it's promise, but do we note the context God gave it to us in? This is the Word of God given to the prophet Jeremiah to God's people as He is telling them He's sending them into 70 years of Babylonian captivity as punishment for their not obeying His laws and worshiping other gods!
"For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. " Jeremiah 29:11-13
When we hear this quoted today it is "claimed" implying that only things we deem as "good things" are going to happen to us, but God was sending His people into 70 years of captivity in a foreign land! It's so very important that we always read God's Word in context. He's telling them that though He indeed is going to punish them greatly for sinning against Him, that afterward, if they will seek Him with their whole hearts, which means repenting and turning to Him fully as their God, no longer disobeying and worshiping other gods, then He will bless them and return them to their own land. He always has our ultimate good at heart. Punishing us for doing evil is for our good, as it should turn us away from sinning and into life with Him.
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