“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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
“…When Israel sought for rest, the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” (31:2-3)
“Thus says the Lord: ‘Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work, declares the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope for your future, declares the Lord…” (31:16-17)
“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” (31:25)
Really encouraged during my Bible reading today. People often think of the Old Testament prophets and think judgement…. and there was a lot of judgement going on to get Israel back on track after they had wandered way off the right path. However, God’s grace and love just overflows from these pages; I am in awe of the steadfast and faithful love of God even towards those who have rejected him time and time again. He doesn’t give up on us; His love is everlasting, and if we seek Him with our whole hearts, we will find Him. Thank you, God!