For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the Lord —plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NABRE
Jeremiah is a major prophet of Israel. He lived during the period of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity and enslavement of many taken in the battle. Jeremiah in the chapter quoted is writing a letter to those captive, called exiles telling them they should settle in for a long time. It was not the Babylonians that captured them but God who sent them into exile. Through the prophet Jeremiah God is telling them they will be captive for seventy years, so they should get comfortable until God has them released. In the letter they are told God knows the plans He has for them, it will be plans that are good and productive not of destruction. But first they must seek and find God with their whole heart and God will be found and their fortunes restored. They will be gathered from all the places they have been driven and brought back to Jerusalem. They were exiled for listening to prophets who were not sent by the God but who they preferred because these prophets told them what they wanted to hear. There is nothing that is irrevocable about what has happened to them for God desires the best for those who seek Him.
Are the voices we hear telling us what we want to hear? Do they speak to what is easy not what is hard to hear? This is called confirmation bias? In this over-political era our tribes have their own prophets and voices and nothing can be heard from a voice of another tribe. This is not of God. God wants us to know we are saved, pardoned, excused and made for peace and joy as ONE. Are we forcing God’s message into our point of view? Is our time of exile upon us?
Do you listen for what is pleasing to hear? Are you fooled by confirmation bias?God wants us to know we are saved, pardoned, excused and made for peace and joy as ONE. Are we forcing God’s message into our point of view? Is our time of exile upon us? Click To Tweet
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