“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to 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 will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.'”

– Jeremiah 29:11-14 NIV

The significance of this promise and proclamation written in the book of Jeremiah and proclaimed to the people of God by the prophet Jeremiah is the timing of when the message was preached. God explained to Moses way back in the book of Exodus that the rebellious acts of the children of Israel would bring certain calamity when they entered the Promised Land and the result of their rebellion would be being driven out of the very place God promised He would give to them.

The promise of Jeremiah 29:11-14 is proclaimed to the Israelites while they are in the very place God said they would be for rebelling against Him while they lived in the place of promise He brought them to when He led them out of bondage from Egypt. It is a message of comfort, encouragement and hope and it is as relevant today as it was proclaimed back then. It is also a reminder of how great, powerful and faithful God is to care for those He loves, even when we fall short, turn away and go our own way. God promises to restore, deliver and bless those who turn their hearts towards Him, no matter how long its been since they’ve followed sincerely, or how great the distance in their intimacy with Him.

Nothing can separateĀ us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. The proclamation of this promise also challenges the believer to turn to God and trust Him believing in His great promise of deliverance and restoration! In the face of injustice, misfortune and grief God wants us to capture His promise believing He is holy, faithful and trustworthy to bring us out of a place of darkness, despair and defeat into the miraculous wonder of His light, love and abundance! Take hold of God’s promise to deliver and restore so you can transcend your circumstances and live victoriously regardless of your circumstances!

May God bless you and help you to capture His promises in your heart so you may come to Him, call upon His name and watch Him perform the miraculous work of deliverance and restoration in and through you to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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