These verses show what a loving and merciful God we serve. God spoke these words through Jeremiah to the people of Judah who had been in Babylon for many years after being captured and carried away from their home. I’m sure these people were discouraged and had had just about enough of being captives of Babylon. They had rejected God. He wouldn’t possibly help them now, would He? They could not see an end to their predicament. Our gracious God sent them a loving message from which we all can learn. He reminded them that He had a plan for them – a plan to prosper them, not harm them. This plan would give them hope and a future. At this time, the people of Judah likely thought they would never be in their own land, again. They’d never be their own nation, it seemed. God knew otherwise (read the book of Nehemiah to see how the people of Judah returned home and rebuilt the wall around Jerusalem).
God always is there for us and ready for us. He has great plans for each one of us. Typically, the holdup is on our end. I love the verse in which He says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” God wants us to look to Him, rely on Him, and stay devoted to Him. When we do, His plan falls naturally into place, and always at the perfect time. No plan we come up with could be better than the perfect plan God Has for us. When we allow God to work His plan in our lives, the result is freedom from this world’s captivity. When you feel like you are being held captive by your circumstances, set your plan aside and remember God already has a plan for you, and it is far better than you can ever imagine.