The last few weeks I have been having an awesome time of personal reflection, study and growing as I have been reading through the the book of Jeremiah. So, today, I want to share a thought that came to mind as I meditated on chapter 29.
10 “For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. 11 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. 14 I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’
In short, Israel has neglected to listen to God, they have gone their own way even as God repeatedly warned them not to. Now they are in captivity as a direct result of their disobedience to God. They have followed false gods right into their own demise.
The reality for us is that in marriage and in life, our actions or, in this case, our inactions in our relationship with God come with consequences. Sad but true. However, the reminder for us and Israel is that although their will be consequences, He is still God, with all of his love, protection, care and concern. Even in our mess ups, He is still our God and we are still His children.
Specifically, in v. 11, God reminds Israel that He has plans for them. They are not plans to destroy. Rather they are to give a future and a hope.
So when we fall short in our relationship with God throughout our lives and marriage be encouraged. Because, as we live through the consequence, God has always had a plan for your marriage, He still has a plan and your future is brighter than you realize. Fight through “it” knowing “it” is God’s plan to give you a future and a hope…
But also notice, that all of this comes with some responsibility on our part. We must call on His name (confess), pray and seek Him with our whole heart. In return He will listen and restore…
Is this a good time to renew God’s presence and place in your marriage?
Is it time to re-work your schedule to spend time with God as a couple?
Could your marriage benefit from realigning with God’s plan for your future?