Friday, November 1, 2019

Well read ...

“For thus says the LORD: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. 11 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. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. - Jeremiah 29:10-13
Context, punctuation and small print ... communication is greatly dependent on all three. For example..."Throw Momma from the train a kiss". Pity poor Mamma if this proposal is misread, because she'll be in the hospital for a long time. Or, consider the guarantee that your new watch is "water proof". Then you read the small print and discover that it's only water proof in depths of two feet or less. Directions and promises are always best when well read.
The above passage includes Jeremiah 29:11, one of the most often quoted verses to encourage believers. While this promise is a beautiful expression of blessing and hope, does the context fit every life situation? This is a word of promised restoration to a people who have suffered divine correction for years of wicked and godless living. It also speaks of the changed lives of these returning people, who willingly pray and seek the Lord with all their hearts. Directions and promises are always best when well read.
The principles of God's mercy, grace and love are found woven throughout the Word of God. But, always consider the context, punctuation and small print that clarifies the passages to which you cling. God's plans for our welfare often follow his plans to correct our rebellious ways. God's plans to give us a future and hope are often linked to our readiness to pray and seek Him with our whole heart. Kept in context, all His plans are good for us. Directions and promises are always best when well read.

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