“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. 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 29:10-14)
What words of comfort these must have been! Israel has been told over and over that her sins have brought about the discipline of the Lord, and his wrath and hot displeasure must have seemed to them a sign of utter abandonment. But the Lord, through his prophet, is delivering to them a message of hope. God does not abandon the people he loves. In fact, his patient discipline and deliverance of them is evidence of the fact that he has a plan for them “for welfare, and not for evil.” And what God says to Israel, he says to us. So let us hear the call of the Lord, beckoning us to come as children to worship him.
Scripture: Jeremiah 27:1-29:32
Sermon: “Trust in the Trials”