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Jeremiah 29:11-14

Jeremiah 29:11-14


1. The state of the recipients of Jeremiah 29:11-14 (approximately 595 BC)

(a) Displaced in a foreign land
(b) Unpleasant living conditions and lack of freedom
(c) Despair (loss of hope and future)
(d) Apparent absence of God

2. God’s take on their state (God’s Covenantal faithfulness) (verse 11)

(a) The events were not accidental or for the bad of the people
(b) God was sovereignly in control of their situation

(c) At the appropriate time, He would reverse their predicament

(c1) Plan that I have for you—“the OT always expresses an intellectual act that occurs “in the heart””
(c2) Plan to give you—completeness, prosperity, wholeness
(c3) Not to—harm
(c4) Give you (better) future and hope

3. Until God changes the apparent difficult days, the people of Judah must (vv 12-13)

(a) Pray
(b) Seek
(c) Find—intense searching
(d) Inquire—finding intensely

4. God will become available to them in the place of displacement and in a state of despair (verse 14)

(a) Restore (two times)
(b) Gather

5. Through Jesus, God the Father continues to reach out to the hopeless and those who are in despair, and makes Himself available to them

6. Take Away

With prayer and worship, prepare yourself for God’s plan to happen out of your unpleasant situation