Ironically, in my reading plan, I am to read Jeremiah 28-30.
Yes, everyone loves 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.
It’s a great verse. I am thankful that God has a plan for me, and that He loves me and wants great things for me. I love the message version
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
But the part of Jer 29 that I love is this…
NIV12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
MSG 12 “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.
13-14 “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.
“Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” GOD’s Decree.
“I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—GOD’s Decree—“bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.
That when I look for God, when I seek after Him, when I long to be close to Him, He is there. I love love love that. It’s like shoe shopping, always finding that perfect pair! And who doesn’t like shoe shopping?? Well, I love it! But really as much as I love shoe shopping, nothing compares to God. Nothing compares to having a relationship with Him. To the sweet words He has written on the page, for the Holy Spirit, for the peace that He brings to me. For the joy and the love that I have discovered because of Him.
I am thankful that it doesn’t take me long to get back into step with Him. That my heart is aligned quickly, and that my shoes then fit perfectly to walk in His path.
If you want to read about why I reference my shoes being too tight… read below