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Restoration (In Exile)

Many Christians turn to Jeremiah 29:11 for comfort in time of trouble and distress.  I am one of them.  The bible also shares with us the story of restoration for Israel as a nation.  In this series called “Restoration” I will outline how God restored His chosen people and their nation.  We will also see how God wants to restore our lives and families to a healthy and holy state.  Just as we will see in this story life isn’t perfect for God’s children.  There will be obstacles, we will make mistakes but if we call out to God with all of our hearts he will answer us and bring us out of captivity.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

When we look at that verse it’s important to look at the entire chapter as well.  When we do we find that Jeremiah is writing these words as a letter to those taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar.  He tells them something you don’t often find preached on Sunday.  That is they will be Babylon for seventy years.  However he also gives them hope.  Through the words of Jeremiah God instructs His children to prosper and pray for prosperity in the cities they live in.  He wants them to work hard and live life as normally as possible.  While it might sound strange look at what God did during that time.  He made Daniel a trusted adviser to the Kings of Babylon.  Ester (a Jew) became the queen of Persia.  Finally, God delivers His people back to the land He promised them.  Unlike the captivity in Egypt, this freedom is given peacefully.

Next post- How do we thrive in exile?

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